Sophie Kitson, Farlington’s rising tennis star, attended the Juan Carlos Ferrero Tennis Academy in Spain during the half-term break for a week of intensive tennis training.
She received fitness coaching, sessions with a sports psychologist as well as instruction from various technical coaches. At the end of the week she met Juan Carlos Ferrero, previous winner of the French Open, himself.
In February Sophie from Horsham finished in third place in a 16 and Under Grade 4 Sussex County Tournament. She finished the season ranked number 1 at her club, both at 14 and 16 and under, a great achievement at the age of twelve.
During the summer Sophie won the 12 and Under Girls Singles tennis at the Storrington Club Championships for the third year running as well as the U12s Mixed Doubles and she was runner-up in the 14 and Under Girls Singles Plate Final at the Reigate Open.
On the badminton front, Sophie will be playing in the Nationals at the new National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes in April.
Report and picture contributed by Farlington.