Top young Brits prepare for USA challenge

USA v Great Britain
USA v Great Britain

Britain’s finest junior tennis players are aiming to put on a show-stopping performance as they take on the USA in the Lawn Tennis Association Junior Challenge Trophy in Eastbourne today.

Liam Broady, Joshua Ward-Hibbert, Luke Bambridge, Peter Ashley and Kyle Edmond will take to the courts at Devonshire Park amid a backdrop of world class tennis, with the AEGON International already in full flow.

The talented quintet will be hoping to replicate the form that saw Bambridge, Edmond and Evan Hoyt crowned Junior Davis Cup champions last year.

And British No.3 Bambridge is chomping at the bit to ensure his team comes away with victory.

“We can’t wait to get out on court,” said Bambridge, who is based at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton. “There’s a good vibe in the team and we just want to go out there and do our best to beat the American team.”

Ashley added,“We are just all really pumped up for the match.”

Ward-Hibbert is urging fans to come out and support his team in Eastbourne.

He said: “When the sun comes out this is a fantastic place to play tennis - it’s amazing just to be here. Hopefully we can get a crowd in and it will be a really good experience.”

Broady, Britain’s top junior player, is looking forward to getting some time on grass before Wimbledon.

He said, “I think we are all feeling very excited about facing the American team as they have some great players and it’ll be good to get on the grass and get some practice matches in before Wimbledon.”