Oxfordshire’s Matilda Mutavdzic named Junior Player of the Year at 2021 LTA Tennis Awards
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Oxford based Matilda Mutavdzic scooped the ‘LTA Junior Player of the Year’ award at the LTA Tennis Awards 2021.
Mutavdzic joined a list of awards winners from both the elite and grassroots of the game, as part of an event that celebrates the achievements of outstanding tennis volunteers, coaches, officials, venues and players in Britain.
Last year saw Mutavdzic win an ITF $15,000 Pro title in Spain, reach the 3rd round at junior Roland Garros and the quarter-finals at the Orange Bowl.The 16-year old, who also finished runner-up in the girls’ doubles event at the Australian Open and achieved a career-high singles ranking of No.20, saw off competition from up and coming wheelchair tennis player Ben Bartram and teenager Arthur Fery to claim the gong.
Launched in 2015, the LTA Tennis Awards recognise the contributions of people from across tennis in Britain. This year saw a record number of over 2,600 nominations across all of the grassroots categories including ‘Young Person of the Year’ and ‘Club of the Year’.
The winners of this year’s awards were announced by a host of special guest presenters, including Judy Murray OBE, Sally Bolton OBE, Chief Executive of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and HRH the Duchess of Gloucester.
LTA President David Rawlinson said: “The LTA Tennis Awards are a real celebration of the people that make our sport thrive. They celebrate the achievements made by outstanding volunteers, coaches, officials, venues and players, who are all vital in helping us to grow the game.
“The past year has been challenging for everyone, but to see the tremendous positive contributions the nominees have made to the sport and to their communities has been tremendously uplifting. To be named a national winner 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 for tennis in Britain.”
Junior Player of the Year - National Runners Up
In 2020, 15-year-old Ben Bartram reached three ITF junior wheelchair finals, winning one title in Turkey, and recorded a career-high ranking of No.2 in the ITF junior world rankings as a result.
Arthur Fery reached the third round in the junior events at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros and won 21 of his 22 matches at British Tour events. The 18-year-old was ranked No.12 in the ITF Junior rankings.