Professional dream for tennis star Madeline Verdegaal

Young tennis star Madeline Verdegaal, who trains at Louth Tennis Centre, with her coach Ed Allinson.
Young tennis star Madeline Verdegaal, who trains at Louth Tennis Centre, with her coach Ed Allinson.

A young tennis protégé who trains in Louth is hoping that backing from a local business will help her to fulfil her dream of turning professional.

Sixteen-year-old Madeline Verdegaal is ranked as the best under 18 female tennis player in Lincolnshire and has won the county’s young player of the year award.

The young star’s career has already seen her reach the last 16 of the British Tour in Sheffield where she lost out to the number one seed and eventual tournament winner.

And Madeline, who trains and coaches at the Louth Tennis Centre, has been given sponsorship by demolitions firm GBM UK, based on the Fairfield Industrial Estate in Louth.

Madeline, a student who lives at Old Leake near Boston, first picked up a tennis racket aged just six.

She said the sponsorship will go a long way to helping her reach her aim of playing the sport full-time.

“I’ve been looking for sponsorship for a while and I’m extremely grateful for GBM for their support,” she said.

“I just need more consistency in my game but I am learning a lot from my coach Ed Allinson, and I’m hoping to turn professional next year.”

Simon Grantham, managing director of GBM UK, added: “We are pleased to support Madeline and hope she will now be able to move forward in the game and fulfil her potential.”