A SOLIHULL Junior School boy has smashed his way into Britain’s tennis elite after winning a top UK competition.
Charley Gregory, from Balsall Common, won the U10 National event at the Sutton Tennis Academy Tournament in Surrey without losing a set.
Hard work and determination enabled the talented ten-year-old to beat off the challenge of the UK’s best 16 players in the second boys’ singles event of the summer.
He has also been selected for the National AEGON Future Stars programme after excelling at a national talent identification day run by the Lawn Tennis Association.
Having taken part in more than 100 tournaments since the age of seven, Charley is trained by head performance coach and former Solihull School pupil Matt Thomas as a member of the University of Warwick tennis squad.
He also puts in up to 15 hours a week of training after school and at weekends.
His father Steven Gregory said: “Charley works extremely hard balancing his commitment to his school work and his tennis. He is a disciplined and determined player and we hope he will continue to enjoy his tennis and progress.
“We are especially grateful to Solihull Junior School for letting him take time out to take part in tennis training camps and tournaments.”
Solihull Junior School is part of Solihull School.