After a year away from the Grounds of the All England Club because of the London 2012 Olympics, the Road to Wimbledon returns to SW19 for a bumper year in 2013.
"We are looking forward to welcoming the 64 boys and 64 girls for the National Finals of the HSBC Road to Wimbledon held 12-17 August.
The grass courts, even after all the matches and practice at The Championships, look great and Neil Stubley and his groundstaff will have them in top condition for the National Finals.
Most of the players will arrive on Sunday 11 August to sign in, arrange practice, receive their ‘goodies’ and get acclimatised while studying their draw for Monday.
There are 16 round robin boxes of four players in each box and weather permitting players will have two matches on the Monday.
Players who come first or second in their box progress to the main draw top 32 players knock out draw with the players in the last two of their box going into the consolation draw.
All players are welcome and encouraged to sign up for doubles as well so plenty of tennis for the week at Wimbledon.
It has been a long journey for the National Finals players coming through their club or school event and onto their county finals. Some players have not been to Wimbledon before and a few in the past not even to London!
For some they are regulars at The Championships and the experienced ones have been to the National Finals once before.
Last year as the Olympic Games was held at the Club we staged the Finals at the Bank of England sports ground at Roehampton.
Tim Henman (pictured above) is the HSBC Road to Wimbledon Ambassador and will be with us on the Monday and Finals day.
We like to generate as much publicity as possible for British junior tennis so will arrange a number of interviews and photo opportunities with Tim and the players.
As ever if players do not want to take part with photos or interviews there is absolutely no problem. We can also never guarantee the photos being published in the local press but most players like the experience of promoting the event and themselves and good to meet Tim and ask him some good questions!
As usual there will be opportunities for players, parents and coaches to go on tours of the Grounds and visits to the Wimbledon Museum.
If by any chance it rains we have the Club's covered courts to switch over to and local indoor courts at Sutton but let’s hope none will be needed.
On behalf of the Club, HSBC and the LTA I wish all the players a pleasant and successful visit to the Nationals Finals."