Abi blows away the competition in quest for tennis stardom

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GAWCOTT Tennis starlet Abi Cox says that becoming a professional tennis player is her ultimate dream after the young prodigy took local tennis tournaments by storm.

The 16-year-old lost just eight games on her way to winning the Buckingham, Bicester and Oving Ladies Singles titles in September.

At Oving Tennis Club, Abi beat Emilia Keightley 6-0 6-2 in the final before beating Helen Lewis 6-1 6-1 and Di Mitchell 6-2 6-2 in the Buckingham and Bicester competitions respectively.

The former Thornton College pupil, who now studies her A-levels at Wellingborough School, first won the Buckingham Ladies title at the age of 13 but this is the first time she has won all three competitions in one year.

It is the second time she has won the Oving tournament and her third success at Buckingham having won both titles when she was 15.

Abi, who had previously never won the Bicester competition, said: “I’ve loved tennis since I started – I watch and play it whenever I can.

“I play hockey, netball, rounders, athletics and do the javelin but tennis has always taken priority over anything else.

“I’m watching all the time. My mum gets annoyed because all that’s ever on the TV is tennis.

“It’s such a passion of mine, I love it.

“Laura Robson is my favourite player, she’s doing so well at the moment. I hope I can follow her – it would be my dream to become a professional tennis player. Since I started playing I’ve loved it.

“I won a few tournaments when I was younger – my coach set up some junior tournaments and I was quite successful in those.”

Abi began her tennis career when she went to a summer camp in Buckingham at the age of nine before she had lessons every Saturday with John Griffiths.

Abi’s mum, Tara, added: “Tennis has always been her passion in life.

“It’s always the priority over anything else.

“We’re very proud of her, she works so hard at tennis as well as her school work. She puts in 110 per cent into anything she does, whether it’s hockey or tennis or whatever.

“To win the Buckingham Ladies title at 13 is an amazing achievement.”

With her focus on settling into her new school, Abi has spent less time on the tennis court, adding: “I’m just concentrating on settling into my new school before we look at playing some more tournaments.

“I used to train three times a week but now I just do it once due to school.

“ I currently play for Bicester and I try to play as often as I can.”