Cardiff Met Tennis Academy player, Matthew Story has won the U-18 National Doubles title alongside his partner at the Nike Junior National Tennis Championships this week in Nottingham.
Matthew, from Thornhill in Cardiff, played alongside Scottish player Vincent Gillespie in the U-18 boys doubles on Wednesday. The number-one seeded pair succeeded in the doubles tournament winning 6-3, 6-2 against the opposing team.
Speaking about his win, Matthew said: "The whole event was an incredible experience and it was a great honour to be paired with Vincent Gillespie, who is a great tennis player. I am very thankful to my coaches at the Cardiff Met XL Tennis Academy who have all helped me get to where I am today and I hope that I can continue and improve with them."
The Nike Junior National Tennis Championships is the highest level competition for all juniors in the UK. It is the pinnacle of the summer domestic calendar and is a showcase for the best British junior talent.
Chris Lewis, Head Performance Coach at Cardiff Met tennis academy said: "We are very proud of Matthew and what he has achieved at the championship. He has always shown great promise and has a natural aptitude for the game. We are confident that he will continue to do well, He will hopefully be able to take his current form forward into the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, where he will be representing Team Wales."
Rob Meyers, Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning at the Cardiff School of Sport and Coach at the Cardiff Met Tennis Academy, said: "Matthew was one of the first students to join the academy when it was established. I was his first coach, and more recently have overseen his physical development. To see him grow and develop throughout the years at the academy is amazing. I am delighted to see him progress so well and his triumph at the nationals in Nottingham is a great reflection of all his hard work over the years. Hopefully this will be a good platform to build upon in the future."
Matthew Story joined the Cardiff Met Tennis Academy when he was seven years old. He has attended two training camps over the years alongside Peter Smith, who was the former coach of world number one Lleyton Hewitt (6-18 year old category) and is a patron for XL Tennis. Matthew is set to compete at the Welsh Championships in Wrexham at the end of the month.
Cardiff Met Tennis Academy was established in 2004 by XL Tennis and is the number one indoor junior performance training centre in South Wales. The academy provides high quality coaching courses for over 300 pupils a week - aged between four and 18 years old.
More info for XL Tennis can be found at: www.xltennis.co.uk