Joshua aims for the top

Joshua Thompson in action.
Joshua Thompson in action.

TEENAGER Joshua Thompson is taking his tennis to another level - in more ways than one!

The 18-year-old helped Yorkshire’s juniors to the 12 Counties Division Two crown this month and will step up to the elite county division when the new season gets underway.

He is also hoping to become one of the country’s most highly qualified young coaches before the end of the year in a bid to further his sporting career.

His father Mike said: “Joshua’s determined to continue making progress and he trains every day at either Derby or Sheffield.

“He’s currently ranked 81 nationally at junior level and by the end of this year he’s hoping to be in the top 20.

“The coaching side of things should definitely help him become a better player.”

Thompson, a product of Doncaster Lawn Tennis Club, began playing competitive tennis at the age of ten and has enjoyed several tournament successes at junior level.

He has since graduated to the Yorkshire Under 18 team, who remained undefeated against Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Cheshire and Surrey to win the 12 Counties Division Two title.

Yorkshire will meet rivals Lancashire, Kent and Middlesex in next season’s elite four-team Division One.

Thompson, from Marr, also represented Yorkshire in the prestigious County Cup competition.

He will compete in a series of international tennis federation competitions this summer in Spain, France and Germany to try and boost his current junior ranking.

The teenager hopes to moves up the rankings enough to earn himself a place at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Spain - where British star Andy Murray learned his trade.