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Boris: The key is to have fun
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Boris Becker
Boris Becker won his first Wimbledon title aged 17

Boris Becker is on the hunt for the next British tennis star.

He tells us why it's important to work hard - but make sure you enjoy yourself too.




I love tennis, and want to see young people who love the game too.

At this age I'm not looking at who's got the best serve, the best volley or the most power - I want to see people who play the game with a smile on their face.

After all, the only way young people will stick with tennis is by enjoying it - that will be the foundation they build upon.

Boris enjoys a spot of golf
A good test of hand-eye co-ordination
When I was young I played a lot of sports, and there are lots of skills that can be transferred from them to the tennis court.

You need to be very quick on your feet and switched on from the very first ball.

You also need excellent hand-eye co-ordination - the distance between the racquet and the ball always has to be perfect.

Many of these skills apply to other sports, but the main difference with tennis is that you're on your own. You can't rely on your team-mates to back you up so you always need to be on top of your game.

That's how it was for me when I first won Wimbledon 20 years ago and the same applies now.

Tennis hasn't changed much in that time, but racquet technology has developed greatly.

Players serve harder today not because they're bigger or stronger, but because they have more powerful racquets.




What is Ariel Tennis Ace?
Ariel Tennis Ace is the search for the next potential British tennis champ
20 finalists have now been selected from Talent ID days held across the country
The final takes place at Wimbledon on 13 June
The winning boy and girl will be selected by Tim Henman and Boris Becker


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