Ace work on court earns tennis award for Perse pupil
30 Mar 2021
Ganesh Mullaparthi (Year 10) has won the Cambridgeshire LTA Young Person of the Year Award thanks to his outstanding voluntary services at his tennis club.
He was nominated for the honour for his work with younger players at Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club (CLTC) during the Covid-19 pandemic and discovered he had won during a recent online award presentation.
Having been involved with CLTC since first picking up a racquet at the aged of just four, Ganesh was thrilled to claim the award.
“It was surprise because I didn’t know this award existed until I was nominated, but it feels great,” he said. “It’s nice when people recognise you and it also motivates you to carry on doing it.”
Ganesh took on a key role supporting players from under-eight to under-10 level when lockdown rules allowed them on court.
He said: “Because of Covid restrictions on how far you could commute, a lot of coaches couldn’t come down, so I was just helping Sue Rich (CLTC Head Coach) get some of the younger players back on court.
“I’d hit a ball with them and do the warm-ups for them, but I was also there to help set up the courts. In under-nines tennis, you have to put down different lines and adjust the height of the net, and in under-eights, they only play on half a court, so it just helped with the workload.
“With the under-eights, I’d also umpire games and keep the score. They also get confused with which side of the court to serve from or who’s serving, so I just helped with that. It was good fun to watch them play and a lot of them are already starting to get quite good.”
There is no doubting Ganesh’s enthusiasm for the sport and he now plans to take LTA Level 1 and 2 coaching courses when he turns 16 next year.
He explained: “I can then start giving lessons myself, which will be very rewarding. It will be nice to use what I learn to help other players.”