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2020 was a tough year with Lockdown, nevertheless Tennis was able to persevere and we recognise below our LTA Award Winners and Performance Awards.
All the award winners should be very proud of their achievements and recognise this has not gone unnoticed by both Middlesex Tennis and our LTA colleagues.

LTA Awards

The LTA Awards were introduced 6-years ago by Cathy Sabin, the then LTA President. The LTA Awards recognise & reward individuals, clubs and organisations for their contribution to the development of Tennis in the UK.  
During October & November each year the tennis community are encouraged to put forward any unsung hero as part of a well-organised nomination process.
In 2020 over 2,000 nominations were submitted nationally, the job then fell to the Middlesex Awards Panel to select the Middlesex County winners from the excellent nominations put forward.

The 2020 Middlesex LTA winners were as follows;

  • Disability Award: The Queens Club Foundation
  • Community & Parks Award: Will to Win
  • Competition Award: The Fred Perry Championships
  • Club of the Year: Teddington LTC
  • Official of the Year: Alan Warman
  • Volunteer of the Year: Emma Harverson
  • Young Person of the Year: Lola-Juliet Omran
  • Whilst not be able play, she dedicated put her time to activity work as a volunteer at her local club, where she assisted in many roles all through the summer. The feedback from parents and children was all very positive, they all loved her. For a 13-year-old she is amazing at giving back, even if it means falling behind with her own tennis development. She absolutely loves helping others.

    Additionally, she has created her own Instagram account and produces regular updates. During the height of the lockdown, she posted everyday with clips of working out and keeping herself occupied. Home-schooling for any autistic person is disruptive and she needed her routine and she created one.

    She has developed a sense of self-worth, that she is not this child who is different. Her uniqueness and quirkiness are a driving force to her being successful. Players and parents speak highly of her, which makes her mother very proud and assured that she is developing as an aspiring young lady.
  • Development Coach of the Year: Mark Bullock
  • Mark has received tremendous praise from the parents and players that he coaches. In 2020 when we were all unable to get on-court he took the initiative to embraced and excelled in the delivery of online sessions and social media interaction.

    Despite the challenges we faced in 2020 Mark took on many roles and adapted well to the different working practices that were forced upon us. He produced regular Twitter & Instagram content and during the first lockdown in partnership with his wife set up his own You Tube playlist.

    Alongside this he trained as an LTA Coach Mentor, specialising in Inclusive Tennis. Whilst we were able to get on-court Mark started coaching weekly online wheelchair sessions that are ran for a year with Choice International.

    He attended regular training courses and used his online knowledge and skills to support and develop other coaches, enabling them to deliver their own online sessions. Mark is currently delivering a regular Saturday morning online tennis session for players with a range of impairments This has grown in numbers each week and current attracts 30 families.
    A quote from one family was ‘Thank you – we all love that the sessions feel fresh each week -it’s giving us something to look forward to and a great reason to get up early on Saturdays!’
  • Performance Coach of the Year: Shola Roper
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: David Watts

Performance Awards

It’s certainly very  inspirational and uplifting to view the successes of Middlesex Teams both across 2019 and into 2020. Middlesex for the first time in its history won the LTA champions Race, a culmination of all of the performances from Junior County Cup competitions, Adults county week, winter singles and the  over 35 competition held at Eastbourne. It has been  a huge achievement and team effort to prise the away this prestigious trophy from Surrey and Herts who have dominated county cups in recent years. 

Well done for everyone involved Players Parents, Coaches and everyone connected with the teams. As current champions and holders we have a lot to be proud of. 

Below we recognise our Middlesex Tennis Performance Award Winners:

  • Middlesex Team of the Year: 18U Girls
  • Middlesex County Cup Captain of the Year: Ronnie Maxwell
  • Middlesex Player of the Year: Sophie Bekker
Look Back to 2019 Awards Evening here...
Look Back to 2018 Awards Evening here...
Look Back to 2017 Awards Evening here...

2021 Nominations

Nominations open in September

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