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Ashford teenager Nick Smelt ready for Great Britain wheelchair tennis junior international debut in Holland

By Andrew Gidley

Nick Smelt makes his Great Britain Junior wheelchair tennis debut when he competes in the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Holland next week.

Nick Smelt

The 17-year-old from Ashford is one of a three-strong team taking part in the event at Alphen, involving eight countries, competing in two round-robin groups.

Smelt took up the sport nearly four years ago on the advice of his physio, who put him in touch with Stephen Cox from the Kent Wheelchair Tennis Group.

He finished runner-up in the intermediate singles at the Kent Open at the University of Kent in Canterbury last year, before his first rankings at junior and senior world level.

Nick said: “I am excited and surprised to be give this opportunity. Their is no bigger honour than representing your country.

“As well as contributing to the team in any way I can, I also hope to improve my game."

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