Tennis ace Jackson seeks a wildcard

Naomi Jackson
Naomi Jackson

By Joe lovelace

Young Eastbourne tennis star Naomi Jackson confirmed her application for a wildcard in this year’s ITF Aegon Trophy.

The Sussex Downs student, who turns 17 in May, will hope to take to the court in her home town against some of the world’s biggest hitters come June.

Jackson, who made it into the top 100 UK British Women’s Open tennis rankings last year, was brought up in Eastbourne. The LTA changed their ranking system to a single ranking system for females in April 2015, which will have an adverse impact on Jackson’s national rankings.

She will no longer be in the top 100 as the 16 and 18-year-old age group allocation of points are counted for the open single female national rankings. Jackson recently faced her first ITF Pro circuit experience in France whereby she played against an opponent who had a worldwide Women’s Tennis Association ranking. The 16-year-old did well with her opponent winning only 26 percent more points then her in the match.

Jackson’s father Neville said, “Naomi is now more aware of what she needs to do on court to make the progress she desires to play professional tennis.

“Naomi has applied to play in the ITF Aegon trophy. She was born and has lived in Eastbourne all her life and it would be great if the LTA gives her a wildcard for this event.”

Jackson will also be targeting Junior Wimbledon and the Nike Junior International in Roehampton which both take place in June.