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City of Portsmouth tennis ace Blu Baker
City of Portsmouth tennis ace Blu Baker
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Blu Baker continues to show he’s one to watch in British tennis.

The 10-year-old, from Southsea, won the 76th tournament of his fledgling career when he lifted the Norwich Clay Court Championships recently.

His success is even more remarkable when you consider that, for the past year, Baker has been competing in the under-12 category, claiming five tournaments at that level.

Armed with an excellent backhand and powerful serve, the City of Portsmouth Academy starlet triumphed in the final in Norwich with a emphatic 4-0, 4-1 success.

The budding hopeful also reached the final of the Oxford Wimbledon tournament, before going down in a close tie-break in the third and final set.

Such feats have seen Baker come to the attention of tennis coaching luminaries such as Rene Gomez, with the junior spending time at the prestigious Gomez Tennis Academy in Naples, Florida, recently.

Gomez, who has worked at the legendary Bolletieri Academy, helped train some of the all-time greats such as Jim Courier, Andre Agassi and Monica Seles.

Baker has already spent a total of four weeks working with the in-demand trainer and has been personally invited back for another two-month period, where they will continue to work on making his serve in to an even more formidable weapon.

Baker spends much of his training with dad Kevin – the director of tennis at the City of Portsmouth Academy.

The 10-year-old begins home-schooling at the start of next term, with a view to eventually receiving an education in America.