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Student takes on tennis pro in tournament clash

Tennis 2016 Thursday 23 June 2016

Taking on one of the world’s top tennis players was a dream come true for student Adam Owen, who took part in a Pro-Am Session at this year’s Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament.

Adam, who recently completed a degree in Primary Teaching with Sport and Physical Education, was given the opportunity to play against the eventual men’s tournament winner Damir Dzumhur.

Having represented the University in the tennis team, Adam jumped at the chance to take part in the Pro-Am Sessions with the world number 90.

He said: “It was such an amazing opportunity that of course I was over the moon to have been asked.

“My friend and current doubles partner Owen Tse came along to the hit with me, and they were very happy for him to join in. After about 25 minutes of playing with Damir, he invited his brother Zlatan Dzumhur to join us on the court and we had a doubles set.

“No breaks of serve were to be had and at 3-3, Damir suggested a tie-break that the professionals managed to win 7-3. Of course, I think he was taking it a little easy on us, but it was a fantastic opportunity that I will never forget.

“I was very late taking up tennis - aged 16 - but it has now taken over my life. I play very regularly and actually work at my tennis club. To have the opportunity to not only meet a current professional tennis player, but to be on the same court as him and play tennis against him exceeded all of my expectations.”

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