“The HSBC Road To Wimbledon 14 and Under National Challenge is the UK’s largest national junior grass court tournament and continues to grow by attracting more and more schools and tennis clubs each year. Thousands of young tennis players take part annually and as ambassador to the initiative, I can vouch for the talent that this competition has nurtured.” – Tim Henman
The Road To Wimbledon is all about clubs, tennis centres, and BSTA schools supporting their juniors and organising a HSBC Road To Wimbledon tournament giving opportunities for keen juniors to progress to the County Finals and then onwards to the National Finals at Wimbledon.
The event, which features 20,000 juniors from over 750 clubs and schools, is in three stages and encourages boys and girls of all standards to play and enjoy competitive tennis. Entries to host a Stage 1 event are open to local clubs and schools in England, Scotland, and Wales. The tournament is open to all boys and girls who are 14 & under during the year and have not reached the age of 15 that year.
Stage 1 the tennis facility first applies for, then organises a singles tournament in the spring for a minimum of 8 boys and/or 8 girls. Some have a much larger entry of players but eight is the minimum entry requirement.
Stage 2 the winners, and often the runners-up, automatically qualify for the County Finals, held on set dates in June/July. This means that every club or tennis facility that enters is automatically represented at the County Finals. No player may represent a club facility at the County Finals that has not staged and run a minimum 8 player draw.
Stage 3 the National Finals are held at All England Lawn Tennis Club, where the 44 County Finals winners and 20 runners-up qualify to play singles & doubles at the famous Wimbledon grass courts.
January 2015 - Qualifying events in India
31 January 2015 – closing date for UK clubs and schools to enter
February 2015 – enteredUK clubs receive entry packs
March/April/May 2015 – UK Stage 1 events
April 2015 - India Masters event
May 2015 – UK singles draws completed
June & July 2015 on set date(s) – UK County finals
August 2015– UK National finals at Wimbledon
Visit lta.org.uk/roadtowimbledon to enter by 31 January 2015. Your entry needs to be submitted by clubs/parks or schools and not by individual players, parents or coaches as the club or school need to agree to run a Road to Wimbledon event for their 14 & under juniors.
Boys’ Singles Champions
2002 Matthew Bright (Cheshire)
2003 Andrew Fitzpatrick (Warwickshire)
2004 Neil Pauffley (Berkshire)
2005 Tom Farquharson (Surrey)
2006 James Marsalek (Somerset)
2007 Lewis Whitely (Kent)
2008 Scott Clayton (Channel Islands)
2009 Ryan Frankel (Dorset)
2010 Christopher Morrow (Gloucestershire)
2011 William Bissett (Wiltshire)
2012 Luke Hammond (Warwickshire)
2013 James Davis (Kent)
2014 Siddhant Banthia (Pune, India)
Girls’ Singles Champions
2002 Laura Saunders (Kent)
2003 Jade Windley (Lincolnshire)
2004 Amanda Cunningham (Kent)
2005 Samantha Vickers (Lincolnshire)
2006 Alexandra Walker (Northumberland)
2007 Helen Thorpe (Leicestershire)
2008 Emma Devine (East of Scotland)
2009 Kim Schmider (Cheshire)
2010 Freya Christie (Nottinghamshire)
2011 Hannah Brett (Berkshire)
2012 Emily Arbuthnott (Hertfordshire)
2013 Sophie Drakeford-Lewis (Berkshire)
2014 Nell Miller (Kent)
Boys’ Doubles Champions
2002 Matthew Bright (Cheshire) & Ben White (Shropshire)
2003 Matthew Hough (Suffolk) & Ashley Watling (Suffolk)
2004 Matthew James (North Wales) & Edward Jones (South Wales)
2005 Artiom Kolpakov (Middlesex) & Edson Smith (Hertfordshire)
2006 Richard Gabb (Cornwall) & James Marsalek (Somerset)
2007 Jack Busby (Warwickshire) & Jonathan Davies (Wales)
2008 Samuel Hutt (Wiltshire) & Chris Drakeford-Lewis (Berkshire)
2009 Joseph Hill (Avon) & Simon Pritchard (South Wales)
2010 Andrew Atkinson (Yorkshire) & Ross Mackenzie (Lancashire)
2011 Freddie McGeehan (Surrey) & Nicholas Nugent (Surrey)
2012 James Davis (Kent) & Piers Foley (Berkshire)
2013 Matthew Summers (Kent) & James Davis (Kent)
2014 Adil Kalyanpur (Delhi, India), Siddant Banthia (Pune, India)
Girls’ Doubles Champions
2002 Charlotte Gibbons (Northants) & Nikki Prosser (Staffordshire)
2003 Jade Windley (Lincolnshire) & Nikki Prosser (Staffordshire)
2004 Olivia Howlett (Somerset) & Aimee Jarratt (Warwickshire)
2005 Amelia Hanley (Lancashire) & Samantha Vickers (Lincolnshire)
2006 Emelia Banos-Gregorians (Surrey) & Sabrina Stewart (Surrey)
2007 Chloe Halloran (Wales) & Sophie Weston (Shropshire)
2008 Sophie Morrill (Middlesex) & Charlotte Pearce (Surrey)
2009 Amy Lieu (South Wales) & Kim Schmider (Cheshire)
2010 Gabrielle Paul (Kent) & Sarah Wray (Kent)
2011 Madeleine Brooks (Norfolk) & Zoe Douglas (Cambridgeshire)
2012 Emily Arbuthnott (Hertfordshire) & Holly Horsfall (Yorkshire)
2013 Sophie Drakeford-Lewis (Berks) & Ellie-Rose Griffiths (Staffs)
2014 Emily Appleton (Surrey) & Nell Miller (Kent)
Following successful qualifying events in Delhi and Mumbai in January 2014, followed by a masters event in Delhi in April 2014, the Road to Wimbledon returns to India in 2015.
The Road to Wimbledon in India kicks off again on Saturday 10 January 2015 in Kolkata and will head to a further three Indian cities over the next five weeks with the Junior Masters in April.
Dates (including qualifying) are:
Kolkata – South Club
Chandigarh - Chandigarh Club
Delhi - RK Khanna Tennis Centre
31 January - 7 February
Mumbai - Maharastra State LTA Tennis Centre
The top 16 boys and girls from these events are invited to the Road to Wimbledon Junior Masters in Delhi (April 6-11) with the two boys and girls finalists invited to compete in the UK HSBC National Finals on the grass at Wimbledon in August (10-15).
The Kolkata and Chandigarh tournaments will be supported by former Great Britain No.1 Tim Henman, the HSBC Road to Wimbledon ambassador and Dan Bloxham, Head Coach of the All England Club, Wimbledon who will run a series of coaching clinics for the juniors at the two tennis clubs. They will also lead an assembly for the children attending Shivalik School in Chandigarh and run a coaching clinic at the iconic Rock Garden of Chandigarh.
The highlight from the 2014 tournament for the Indian players was that Siddhant Banthia from Pune in India beat off competition from the UK and India to win the boys' singles title at the National Finals. Good luck to all of those participating in this year’s tournament and we hope you can match Siddhant’s success.
Wimbledon.com is covering the activity in India over the next few weeks and reporting from the ground in Kolkata and Chandigarh. Read the blogs...