TEENAGE tennis sensation Maia Lumsden looks set for a glittering future in the sport - and with coaching tips from Andy Murray’s mum Judy, she has everything to play for.
The Bearsden girl, who has only just turned 14, is attracting a lot of interest in tennis circles with a string of good results so far this year.
She recently represented Great Britain at the Under 14 Winter Cup in the Czech Republic, with the team coming third.
The Bearsden Academy pupil then went on to win one of the most prestigious tournaments in the European tennis calendar last month - the AEGON Junior International Teen Tennis in Bolton, where some of the world’s best 14 and under players were in action in the first major event of the year.
This was followed up with another good performance, reaching the semi-finals in Les Petits As, which attracted top junior player to Tarbes in France.
Now ranked number two in Europe on the junior circuit, according to her coach Toby Smith from David Lloyd, Anniesland, she is now at a crossroad and needs to decide if she wants to seriously pursue tennis as a career.
He said: “Maia is still quite young and she needs to tidy her game up. Once she does that she will not give away as many points.”
“She is a bit like Andy Murray was like at that age. She can do so many things with the ball. There was a lot of comment in Tarbes that she had the look of Murray about her on the court.”
Toby added that Judy Murray was ‘on hand and has been offering advice to her’.
The British number one’s mum has been involved with Maia, and a number of other talented junior players for a couple of year now at the Tennis Scotland National Training Academy in Stirling.
He added: “Judy has been e-mailing Maia and offering her advice.”
At the end of the month Maia will travel to Portugal to take part in a tournament in the aptly named town of Maia, against other top European players.