No trouble with mixed doubles

131010 tennis player colin fleming with commonwealth games gold medal
131010 tennis player colin fleming with commonwealth games gold medal
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while the nation cheered on Andy Murray, 
Linlithgow’s Colin Fleming was also making a name for himself on the Wimbledon grass.

Colin and Taiwanese playing partner Su-Weh Hsieh progressed to the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles in the Grand Slam last week before being knocked out by No 2 seeds Nenad Zimonjic and Katarina Srebotnik, 7-6, 6-3.

It is the latest success for 
Colin (27) who has fared well in the mixed doubles, winning gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and who is hoping to acheive the same in this year’s Olympic Games as part of Team GB.

Dad Martin and mum Dorothy who stay at Baronshill Avenue were down at Wimbledon cheering Colin on.

Martin said: “It was a good run for Colin in the mixed doubles - it was an untried partnership with Su-Weh and it went really well.

‘‘Both were very positive, which helps a lot, and they were enjoying it. They got some good wins. They also got the chance to play on Centre Court which was great for them.”

Colin is currently playing with doubles partner Ross Hutchins at an ATP 250 tournament in 
Newport, Rhode Island, before playing in Atlanta, and then jetting back to the UK to prepare for the Olympics.

Martin added: “Colin is hugely excited about the Olympics - it’s a great honour for him to be picked.”

Colin, currently ranked 26 in doubles, will be looking to build on his recent Wimbledon run as part of the Olympic team, playing on the same grass courts in London.

Proud brother and head coach at Linlithgow Tennis Club, Michael Fleming, has been encouraged by the Wimbledon effect on local
players.

He said: “The tennis club has received a lot of new membership applications through the success of British players at Wimbledon.

‘‘There is plenty on offer at the club for every age and standard of player such as social adult club nights, singles box leagues, team tennis and coaching for all.

“With a yearly membership starting at just £20 for under-10 mini tennis players, it’s an ideal opportunity for kids to start at a young age and gain the skills they need to become a good tennis player.”

Michael hopes that the youngster will be inspired by Colin and the other British players who have made sporting headlines over the past few weeks.

He added: “Personally, as the head coach, coaching the minis is great, and the kids have fun while gettin into a sport that can last them their whole life which is what makes tennis such a great sport in my opinion.

“I’d love to see more kids in the town get involved and if anyone wants to get in touch with me then they can contact me - email michaelflemingtennis@hotmail.co.uk or call 07912 482919.”

Michael has just been selected as the Aegon British Tennis Coach of the Month for June 2012.