A 13-year-old girl from Solihull School has smashed her way to a top ten national tennis ranking - despite playing mostly at an older age level.
Alannah Griffin, who competes with the school’s Under 16s, is now officially Britain’s number nine player in the Under-14 age group.
The ranking has resulted in a Lawn Tennis Association invitation to train regularly as both an individual and a national squad member at the National Tennis Centre in London.
Last year the teenager won the U14 Warwickshire title for the second year and clinched the U16 title in the same year. She also recently represented the county at U18 level for the first time in the 12 Counties event.
“We don’t know where Alannah gets her skills from as she doesn’t come from a tennis background,” said her mother Wendy.
“It makes us all the more delighted with her success. Her coach is now targeting Junior Wimbledon for when she is 16.”
Coached by Gary Naughton at Solihull Arden Tennis Club, Alannah also attends training sessions in America with Nick Bollettieri, who has worked with Andre Agassi and Maria Sharapova.
Alannah, who took up tennis at six, joined Solihull School two years ago from St Alphege Infant and Junior Schools.