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Bolton Arena Tennis Academy continues its success in its 20th year

This year Bolton Arena is celebrating 20 years of developing tennis across the area from grass roots through to regional and professional level tennis.

As a tennis academy we are proud to offer programmes from ‘Tots to Tour’, our coaching team are driven and passionate about the player’s development through our pathways. 

Bolton Arena is one of twelve Lawn Tennis Association Regional Player Development Centres (RPDC), the only one in the Northwest. Over its 20 years it has produced many National & International winners across the senior and junior ITF circuits. 

The LTA Head of Regional Tennis – North, Paul Bennett commented ‘Celebrating 20 years, Bolton Arena has made a huge impact on tennis in the North West supporting many talented players to reach their potential and Opening  Tennis Up to thousands of players of all ages and standards and abilities to enjoy the sport’.

‘Over the past 20 years the centre has supported many LTA initiatives delivering a high quality coaching program, providing an extensive offer of activities and hosting many fantastic competitions whether that be welcoming local or international level players’. 

‘The Centre can be extremely proud of all the success it has achieved’! 

Last week as Wimbledon started, Bolton Arena had representation on the famous grass courts at SW19. Naomi Broady who is coached by our Director of Tennis, Steven Fathers, played in the women's doubles and mixed doubles events. Billy Blaydes will be playing in the Boys main draw single and doubles events. Billy is coached by Simone Marcantonio, the head of the full-time academy program from Italy who joined our coaching team in 2019. Billy has played at the Arena since the age of 10 and has had lots of success over the years with the highlight being ‘winning the national U16 championships two years ago. Currently Billy lives in Cumbria and travels to Bolton Arena four days a week with his younger brother Freddy who is also a talented player. 

As restrictions are eased Bolton Arena’s players start to play further afield and this week saw 15 players travel to Edinburgh to play in the Grade 2 Scottish Junior Open Championships. Bolton Arena players had various success winning doubles and consolation events. The team will remain up in Scotland for the following two international events at U14 and U18 level. 

Bolton Arena Director of Tennis Steven Fathers said, “It’s been a tough year for all involved in sport, but It is great to see our players practising and competing all around the country again, it is so important for everyone to return to some type of physical activity”. 

As an academy we are always looking for the next Andy Murray or Serena Williams or should we say Emma Raducanu after this week.

Bolton Arena has a ‘Tennis Open Day’ on Saturday 24 July from 13:00-15:00. The open day is for children aged from 4 years to adults, all abilities welcomed. To book your place or for further details email Bolton Arena Tennis Coordinator or call 01204 488100.

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