Ambitious Perse tennis player nets success on court
6 Nov 2018
Megan Carmichael (Year 11) is well on her way to becoming a big hitter on the tennis circuit.
Over the last year, the Perse pupil has been chalking up some significant results on the court, often playing in tournaments in higher age brackets than her own.
Megan’s biggest result was finishing runner-up in the Winter National Tour finals in the U14 age group, although she also reached the semi-finals of the Summer National Tour finals in the U16 age category while still competing in the U14 age class.
She recently made it to the last 16 of the women’s competition in the LTA British Tour event at Ilkley after qualifying for the main draw – the first time she had played at such a level – and was a semi-finalist in the consolation draw at the Junior National Championships.
Other successes have included winning the Framlingham Open U18 singles and U16 and women’s doubles titles as well as the women’s singles honours at the Frinton Open. Locally, Megan clinched the U16, U18 and women’s singles and the U18 doubles at the Cambridgeshire Closed competition as well as taking the spoils in the U18 singles and doubles at the Cambridge Summer Open.
Megan began playing tennis aged four and was taking part in tournaments when she was five years old. She quickly discovered she had a talent for the sport as well as getting great enjoyment from it.
She has now moved up to the U16 category, but as well as taking on players in her own age group, she wants to carry on testing herself against older competitors and eventually go on to secure a tennis scholarship to an American university.
Megan said: “Even in my age group, at 15 I’m one of the younger players, but at this age, the difference in physicality isn’t so prominent. However, I’m currently doing strength and conditioning training three times a week and I’m looking to do all the extra training I can, to give myself the best chance to push on.”
Listen to Megan explain more about her ambitions and who she looks up to in the tennis world.