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  My Diary: Tennis player
Updated 18 September 2002, 08.15
Tennis player Laura
Hi everyone, I'm Laura, I'm 14 and I'm a tennis player.

When I'm not playing in a tournament I train for four hours a day with my coach.

I play at one of four academies for the top young tennis players in Britain.

This is my diary.

20 August

I thought I had injured my leg but thankfully it wasn't as bad as I had thought. It was only a strain but I still had to rest it.

This gave me plenty of opportunity to catch up with friends who I hadn't seen over the summer because of all the tournaments I had been competing in.

In one of the tournaments I played Richard Krajicek's sister Michaela. She's probably the best player on the circuit at the moment for our age group. So I didn't mind losing to her!

In another tournament I had to play one of my best friends, Julia Bone. We play doubles together, so it was really weird playing against her.

27 August

I now have a new coach who wants me to really concentrate on learning new skills and techniques which I'll need to practise and develop over the next few weeks.

He think it's best if I don't enter any tournaments until then, but I'd already entered one for two weeks' time, so I'm going to do that.

My favourites players at the moment are Martina Hingis and Venus Williams, they are really interesting players and Hingis has great touch and drop shots.

5 September

It's back to school now and I've selected my GCSE's now.

I only have to do seven subjects because of the hours I put into tennis. I just wouldn't be able to do all the work!

The subjects I have chosen are; English, maths, science (biology, chemistry and physics), PE and Business Studies

On top of the 4 hours of tennis I play everyday, I think I have my work cut out. But things are fine at the moment and I'm keeping on top of the work load.

I'll let you know how I get on in the Masters next month!
Love Laura

Check back in a month's time to see how Laura is getting on with her new coach

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