The LTA Grand Slam Nations Challenge continues in Eastbourne today (22 June) with some of the world’s best U18 girls from Great Britain, USA, France and Australia battling it out on the grass courts at Devonshire Park.
An opportunity for tennis fans to watch the rising stars of world tennis, Wednesday’s play at the Grand Slam Nations Challenge incorporates the Maureen Connolly trophy, contested annually between Great Britain and USA since 1973, on courts four and five. This year, Francesca Jones, Emily Appleton, Ali Collins and Jodie Burrage are representing Great Britain, taking on Sofia Kenin, Amanda Anisimova, Claire Lui and Kayla Day of the USA.
Captain of the Great British team, Jane O’Donoghue, said: “The Grand Slam Nations Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for our up-and-coming players to match it with some of the best juniors in the world, and to get some grass court match play ahead of the junior events at Roehampton and Wimbledon. Being around the players competing at the Aegon International is a valuable experience for the girls, giving them an insight into how professional players conduct themselves and, for the British team, it’s great for the girls to be involved with such an historic and prestigious competition.”
Today’s second Grand Slam Nations Challenge match sees Australia’s Jaimee Fourlis, Baijing Lin, Destanee Aiava and Seone Menedez of Australia take on France’s Manon Leonard, Yasmine Mansouri, Chloe Cirotte and Myleene Halemai of France on courts 10 and 11.
Tuesday’s opening matches saw Great Britain defeat France 6 rubbers to 0, while Australia beat the USA 4 rubbers to 2. The event’s final day on Thursday sees Great Britain take on Australia while the USA faces France.