91 year old Lennie Lawrence named ‘Men’s Senior Player of the Year’ at LTA Tennis Awards

30/07/2020

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A Watford tennis player has been rewarded for a stunning 2019 with the ‘Men’s Senior Player of the Year’ award at the 2020 LTA Tennis Awards – aged 91 years young.

One of 18 national winners, Lennie Lawrence received the performance accolade from the governing body for tennis in Britain on account of his superb performances on court.

Lennie wins this award for having captained GB's men’s over 85s in the ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships, bringing home a bronze medal for his country.

He was the winner of the Seniors British Grass Courts 85s Singles at Wimbledon and has captained the British team for many years.

Having not taken up tennis until the age of 35, Lennie is without doubt an inspiration to all players at all ages.

In a virtual ceremony held on Thursday, Lennie was presented his award by Leon Smith OBE, LTA head of men’s tennis and Davis Cup captain.

There are so many great senior players on the circuit, so I couldn’t believe it was me who was chosen for the award. 

Speaking about his award, Lennie commented: 

"When I was informed that I had won the award I was absolutely flabbergasted. I thought ‘why me?’ There are so many great senior players on the circuit, so I couldn’t believe it was me who was chosen for the award.

 I think it is an amazing honour to receive such an award. I felt the same way when I was chosen to represent my country for the first time for the World Championships, and it really means a lot to me to get this recognition."

Currently in their fifth year, the LTA Tennis Awards celebrate the achievements made by outstanding tennis volunteers, coaches, officials, venues and players in Britain.

Streamed live on LTA channels and presented by GB Davis Cup captain Smith, the national ceremony – which was digital for the first time in the awards’ history – saw Lennie pick up his award alongside 17 other national winners, including current British No.1s Dan Evans and Johanna Konta who were named the LTA Men’s and Women’s ‘Player of the Year’ respectively.

This year saw more than 2,000 nominations across grassroots categories including Young Person of the Year and Club of the Year.

Nominations were drawn from more than 25,000 volunteers, 4,400 coaches, 940 officials, 20,000 schools, 2,700 clubs and more than 9,700 LTA approved tournaments, demonstrating the extraordinary contributions of individuals and venues who help to open up the sport and bring new fans and players to the game.

“The LTA Tennis Awards are a real celebration of the people that make our sport thrive,” said LTA president, David Rawlinson.“They celebrate the achievements made by outstanding volunteers, coaches, officials, venues and players, who are all vital in helping us to grow the game.

“To be named a national winner out of over 2,000 public nominations is a fantastic achievement so I’d like to congratulate all of this year’s winners and extend my thanks to each and every one of them for all that they do to help tennis in Britain.”

To see a full list of winners from the LTA Tennis Awards 2020 click here.

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