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Meet the Ariel Tennis Ace finalists
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Meet the some of the lucky finalists in this year's tennis talent search
The final 20 get to train with Boris Becker
After months of work and almost 10,000 entries, Ariel Tennis Ace 2005 is down to the last 20 players.

The final will take place in London on 13 June, where two winners will be picked to receive a year's free coaching from the best in the business.

We caught up with some of them at their special training camp with Boris Becker to see how they are doing so far.


Melissa from Renfrewshire
Melissa has a famous dad

Melissa, 10, from Renfrewshire

I love tennis, so when my mum saw a leaflet for Tennis Ace at our local leisure centre she decided to put me forward.

I'm a sporty person all round and my dad played football for Celtic and Scotland, but I'm more into swimming, hockey and athletics.

I've had a great time so far and I couldn't believe it when I found out I'd reached the final.

My mum said that when she heard on the radio that I had made the final her legs turned to jelly!


Chris from Manchester
Chris was new to tennis

Chris, 9, from Manchester

I'd never even picked up a racquet before my mum entered me into Tennis Ace, so it's a bit of a shock to be in the final!

The Tennis Ace experience has been brilliant and my family are delighted - especially my nana.

She loves watching tennis and when I told her about this she was gob-smacked.

The best part of my game is my volleying, but I'm working hard at improving all round. My favourite player is Andy Roddick - his serve is awesome and he battles hard for every point.


Yana, 7, from Birmingham
Yana dazzled the coaches

Yana, 7, from Birmingham

I've travelled a long way to get to the Ariel Tennis Ace Finals but the journey has been well worth it! I live in Birmingham but my mum drove me to a session in Bristol.

I did really well and the coaches were impressed with my shots. They gave me a medal and certificate and I even got some private lessons.

My friends have been really pleased with my success.

They all wanted to see the trophy and I didn't mind showing it off!


Hannah from Birmingham
Hannah's idol is Boris Becker
Hannah, 9, from Birmingham

I can't believe I've got the chance to play my idol, Boris Becker.

He was the youngest ever Wimbledon champion and it's my dream to follow in his footsteps.

My mum found out about Tennis Ace last year. My brother is also a good player but he's already got funding, so when it came around I decided to enter.

The whole thing has been wicked. Me, my mum and my brother have even been on TV!



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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