Lauren qualifies for premier event

Lauren Jones
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Worthing’s Lauren Jones is one of 12 players to have qualified for the 2013 Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters – the premier international event for junior wheelchair tennis players.

The event takes place from January 24-27 in Tarbes, France, and Jones, who will represent Britain, qualified for the event after having an excellent 2012.

She narrowly missed out on winning the girls’ doubles title on her junior masters debut at the start of the year.

The 17-year-old has since gone on to become the youngest player ranked inside the top 50 of the women’s singles senior world rankings as well as reaching a career-best junior girls’ world ranking of number three in May.

Currently the number four ranked junior girls’ player, Jones is one of four players selected for the 2013 Junior Masters, with the current top three now all aged 18 and therefore ineligible for January’s event in France.

Norfolk teenager Alfie Hewitt has also been selected for Britain and Geraint Richards, the Tennis Foundation’s head of disability player performance, said: “Alfie and Lauren have continued to show their excellent potential, winning a number of titles and to have them both qualify for the 2013 Junior Masters highlights the quality of the players we have coming through the Tennis Foundation’s junior performance programme.”