AS the nation looks south towards Wimbledon, a Wrexham tennis ace is aiming for victory north of the border.
Eden Richardson is playing in her first Scottish Junior Open and will take on Lancashire’s Lauren Guilfoyle in the second round after receiving a bye in the first.
Seeded ninth, the 10-year-old Wrexham Tennis Academy member has high hopes after a season in which she has established herself in a group of potential stars.
She has switched from her previous training centre in Bolton to Wrexham, where she is coached by recently retired former world top-200 player Matt Smith and she attends an intensive clinic at the LTA National Tennis Centre in Roehampton once a term.
Ranked number one in Cheshire for her age, Eden, of Little Stanney in Ellesmere Port, has just helped the county to second place in an inter-counties event in Leeds and is now in Edinburgh hoping to add a national title to her growing collection, which includes the Sutton Coldfield and North of England Under 12s opens.
“She is doing really well,” said mum Lesley. “It is not easy for her to maintain her performance levels with all the travelling she needs to do, but she copes incredibly well.”
After British number one Andy Murray blasted the lack of depth in UK tennis, the LTA is keen not to lose talents like Eden.
“They tell us not to push too hard and to keep a balance,” said Lesley. “That is why we moved to Wrexham Academy from Bolton. It is not just a great facility, but the travel times mean that Eden can still play out with her friends and go to parties and things.”