Talented Perse Prep pupil is a No 1 smash on tennis court
12 Nov 2020
Gifted young tennis ace Etienne Lamb (Year 4) is proving to be a big hitter after becoming No 1 in the country in his age group.
Eight-year-old Etienne has made it to the top of the LTA rankings in the boys’ U9 category, having recently won four regional level tournaments.
It is an especially huge accomplishment as the Perse Prep pupil regularly competes against older Year 5 boys from some of the strongest tennis counties.
A delighted Etienne said: “It’s a little bit of a surprise, but I’m very happy about it because it’s a really big achievement.”
Etienne began playing aged five after watching tennis and thinking “it seemed like a lot of fun”. He quickly got to grips with the sport at Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club (CLTC) and won his first tournament at six years old. At the same age, he managed to beat a player three years his senior to provide an indication of his fledgling talent.
Etienne trains for six-and-a-half hours each week and he paid tribute to the help and advice he receives from his coaches, CLTC’s Sue Rich and Matt Taylor of Over & In.
He said: “I started off with Sue and one year later, I was seven times better as a player! Matt has taught me some very good footwork and I work a lot with Sue on attacking shots and technique. I really like hitting shots past people for winners!”
Etienne has ambitions of one day becoming a professional and maybe even winning Wimbledon, just like his favourite tennis player Rafael Nadal.
On the Spanish superstar, Etienne said: “He plays awesome shots and he’s really quick and he has a very good attitude. I’d like to be like him, apart from one thing – I’m right-handed and he’s left-handed!”