Great Britain call up for Louth tennis player

Edward Holt (GBR) in action (Photo by James Jordan/Tennis Foundation) .
Edward Holt (GBR) in action (Photo by James Jordan/Tennis Foundation) .

Tennis player Ed Holt has made his Great Britain debut this week after being selected to be a member of the 2014 BNP Paribas World Team Cup.

The four-strong men’s team are competing in what is the wheelchair tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup.

Ed, 21, was an enthusiastic club player at the Louth Tennis and Sports Centre and a county standard football player before being diagnosed with a rare cancer, osteosarcoma, in September 2009.

He subsequently had to have part of his right leg amputated three months later.

Shortly afterwards, Ed discovered wheelchair tennis and visited the Nottingham Indoor, one of Britain’s premier world ranking events, in October 2010.

Just one year later, Ed 
had already achieved a ranking just outside 
the world’s top 200, and earlier this year he reached a career high of no. 90 
after reaching the men’s singles semi-finals at Britain’s third international tournament of the year in Sheffield, where he won yet another doubles title.

Speaking before the World Team Cup tournament, Ed said: “I’m very proud and extremely excited to have been selected to represent my country.

“There have been some tough times in the last few years with operations and injuries, but that’s behind me and I can’t wait to get to the Netherlands and wear my GB kit.

“I’m sure it will be a unique experience and I’m determined to make the most of every second.

It’s a nice confidence boost, too, to be going to the World Team Cup on the back of being a doubles finalist in France with Dave.”

Ed added: “I would like to thank the Louth Tennis Centre for their continued support and for providing me with such an excellent facility for training.”

The tennis centre, based on Louth’s Fairfield Estate, is currently raising money to support Ed’s self-funded bid to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Ed regularly trains with the centre’s head coach Ed Allinson, who said: “Everyone at Louth Tennis Centre is absolutely delighted for Eddie on his fantastic achievement in representing Great Britain at the World Team Cup in Holland.

“Eddie has worked tremendously hard to achieve this success, and we at Louth Tennis Centre are proud to support him in continuing to achieve all his goals within the game.”