By Julian Wellings
16-year-old East Glos performance tennis player Charlotte Russell finished 2018 in fine style by winning the 18&U Grade 2 Winter National Tour singles title in Sunderland.
Charlotte has had an incredible year and commenting on her tournament success said, “I’ve had an amazing six months, winning my first international singles title and completing the year by winning the Winter National Tour. This is a great platform to start the New Year from, and I’m looking forward to reviewing my goals with my Dad (East Glos coach, Peter Russell) and enjoying the journey.”
Peter said, “As a father, I am very proud of Charlie as she achieved her GCSEs, had a few setbacks with some injuries but has worked really hard. I think she is the first junior ever in Gloucestershire to win an 18&U ITF singles event. As her coach, it is great to see Charlie be inspired by the success that has been achieved and it is great to see that that makes her thirstier to improve and reach her next goals.”
East Glos has a thriving junior membership, and we are extremely proud as a club that we have the depth, from recreational players to aspiring tournament players to highly ranked national juniors and world-ranked players. Our younger juniors have a real advantage to be able to hit, watch and chat to some of our highly ranked players to see what the ‘tennis journey’ is all about.