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Player Profiles

Alexander
Age 15
How long in the TA? This is my fifth year at Merchiston and in the Tennis Academy.
Career Highlight: Being part of the winning team of the Year 8 National Schools Finals in 2014, and also the winning team of the Year 10 National Schools Finals in 2016.
Favourite part of the TA: The community between the players; despite tennis being an individual sport, there is a good atmosphere which, in my opinion, develops us more as players. We also have a lot to relate to in the balance between academics and sport.
Favourite player: My favourite tennis player to watch would either be Dustin Brown or Nick Kyrgios because they offer flashy shots, a bit of an attitude and a deadly forehand, which serve as weapons. However, I will always support Andy Murray, who is a fellow Scot who has been through the same tennis system that all of us are in at the moment.
Merchiston Carlo
Carlo
Age 18
How long in the TA? Since August 2017
Career Highlights: My biggest achievement in tennis was to play in the highest league for U18 in Hamburg for my tennis club, GTHGC.
Favourite part of TA: I like the TA at Merchiston because the coaches always push every person to their limit and beyond.
Favourite player: My favourite player is Rafael Nadal.
Charlie
Age 14
How long in the TA? Second year in the Academy
Career Highlight: Reaching final of G1
Favourite part of TA: The team spirit and atmosphere during training
Favourite player: Alexander Zverev
Merchiston Forbes
Forbes
Age 12
How long in the TA? Almost a year now
Career Highlights: My greatest accomplishment is becoming number one in Malta U12 when I was only ten.
Favourite part of TA: I like the Tennis Academy because the coaches understand how important tennis is and they support you a lot.
Favourite player: Murray
Jacob
Age 15
How long in the TA? This is my fifth year in the Academy
Career Highlight: Coming second in the World Schools Championships, 2017.
Favourite part of TA: The amount of tennis you get to play and the quality of players you get to play against is great. The ability to do work and play tennis is good also.
Favourite player: Rafael Nadal
Johannus
Age 15
How long in the TA? 2 years
Career Highlight: Representing GB in Auray, U12 Worlds and making my way to the quarter finals.
Favourite part of the TA: How much all the coaches care about how well we are doing.
Favourite player: Juan Martin del Potro because of his technique and how he plays.
Harris
Age 14
How long in the Academy? 3 months
Career Highlight: Winning both singles and doubles at Waverley U12 event.
Favourite Player: Roger Federer
Harrison
Age 13
How long in the TA? One year
Career Highlight: Travelling to regionals and nationals.
Favourite part of the TA: Playing with a variety of different players.
Favourite player: Kei Nishikori.
Merchiston Lachie
Lachie
Age 14
How long in the TA? Since September 2017
Career Highlight: When I was awarded the Miguel Award
Favourite part of TA: being able to play and improve every single day
Favourite player: Rafael Nadal, because he never gives up.
Merchiston Lance
Lance
Age 11
How long in TA? 5 months
Career Highlight: Main draw grade 2
Favourite part of TA: The high level of tennis played
Favourite player: Andy Murray
Marcus
Age 14
How long in the TA? 4 years
Career Highlight: When I won back to back grade 3s.
Favourite part of the TA: Getting to play with better players which improves my game and to get to interact with people from different year groups.
Favourite player: Andy Murray
Matthew R
Age 12
How long in the TA? 2 years
Career Highlight: Playing for Scotland in the Tri-Nations
Favourite part of TA: I enjoy hitting and playing with the older boys
Favourite player: Roger Federer
Nikos
Age 15
How long in the TA? 8-9 Months
Career Highlights: Getting to the finals of the Singapore Nationals for Singles and winning the Doubles.
Favourite part of TA: My favourite part of the Academy is the energy and competitiveness everybody brings to the court. All this helps to make any day a good one, as I know everybody is going to give their best.
Favourite player: Fabio Fognini. His relaxed, yet explosive game style is one to watch. His strokes are so simple, but so powerful.
Rohan
Age 13
How long in the TA? 7 months
Career Highlights: Representing Merchiston and representing county.
Favourite part of TA: I am constantly getting to play tennis at a high intensity and a high standard.
Favourite player: Roger Federer.
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