Emily started 2016 ranked 243 in the ITF World Junior tennis ranking list and 964 in the Women’s WTA rankings. However, in the space of only 3 months she has managed to rise to an impressive 45 in the World Juniors and 920 in the Women – and she is still just 16 years old.
Emily is ranked 1st in the county of Surrey and 24th nationally and looks to build on this as she gets more experience through playing national and international tournaments. In 2015, Emily won the British National U16 Singles title and U18 Doubles title. In addition, Emily also won the ITF Juniors for singles and doubles.
In 2014, Emily was the youngest girl to compete in the Junior Wimbledon Girls Doubles event and is currently the youngest British girl ranked in the Top 1000 Senior female tennis players in the world.
During these past few months, and despite being in the middle of her AS Levels at Guildford High School, Emily has found time to travel to four Countries in South America as well as Spain and France and also to Sunderland and Glasgow in the UK, to compete. Whilst on her travels, Emily managed to win the Singles title in the Grade 2 ITF Junior event in Santiago, Chile; the Doubles title in G2 Junior event in Istres, France; and was a finalist in the prestigious Grade 1 Banana Bowl in Brazil in March. These successes and her significant rise in the rankings did not go unnoticed however and Emily was recently rewarded with the Aegon Junior Player of the Month Award from British Tennis.
Next month brings two top-level tournaments in Italy and hopefully a direct entry place into the Junior event at the French Open in Paris where once again, Emily will compete on the red clay – this time in her first Junior Grand Slam singles event. Then it’s all change and onto the grass and the Grade 1 event in Roehampton, followed shortly after by Junior Wimbledon.
The GLL Sport Foundation is very proud to support athlete
s such as Emily. The funding and support relieves the financial burden of the athletes and their parents so they are able to concentrate on their training and competitions and push themselves to be the best that they can be. Watch this space, as Emily Appleton is definitely a tennis star to look out for in the future.