Sammy’s a smash hit with talent spotters

Tennis player, Sammy Ralston.
Tennis player, Sammy Ralston.

A Springfield Primary School pupil has been chosen to feature in the Lawn Tennis Association’s Aegon FutureStars programme.

Eleven-year-old Sammy Ralston, of Sheriff’s Park, Linlithgow, has been highlighted as one of the best junior players in the country.

He was just four when he picked up his first tennis racquet and is currently ranked the Scottish number two for 11 years and under.

The emerging young star, who lives at home with his mum Ashley and dad Adam, has a brother Alexander, 14, who also plays tennis.

Sammy has earned his place on the programme following a 
successful year on court and is now set to receive added support from the LTA.

The talented youngster has been included as part of the 2014 intake of players who all receive varying levels of funding and support.

Leon Smith, LTA head of men’s tennis, said: “We are committed to supporting and identifying our most talented players, and the Aegon FutureStars programme is central to this process for young players starting out.

“It’s a long journey for any player hoping to make an impact on the game but we hope that, with the right support, these players are given the best possible chance of reaching their full potential.”

Sammy came third this weekend at an age 12 and under Winter Regional event in Aberdeen. He is travelling to Vanersborg, Sweden on Friday for his first ever Tennis Europe event, which starts on Monday, before then playing in the Scottish Junior Opens on February 8 and 9.