A tennis star from Mawdesley is calling on local businesses to help him realise his dream of success in the professional tour.
Sam Rogerson, 16, is jetting off to Florida for four weeks to compete in the Orange Bowl competition in November, and is hoping to make it through the main draw.
The former Bishop Rawstorne pupil has come a long way since he first picked up a racquet during the winter of 2005, when he went out with his brother Ben to the tennis courts at Mawdesley because they were bored.
Dad Stephen Rogerson said: “They both loved it, and Sam has never looked back, and his career has gone from strength to strength.
“He won the Men’s Individual Open at Mawdesley in 2006 when he was an 11-year-old, and all the men at the club were shocked about this young player doing so well.”
Sam had enrolled at Runshaw College earlier this year, but has now decided to take a year out from his studies to focus on his sporting career.
Stephen said: “Sam is doing a tennis AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) at the Bolton Arena in the academy, and is training four days a week there.
“I don’t think Runshaw College would have been too happy about him missing his studies, as well as going to America.
“He wants to concentrate on improving his rankings and competing on the UK Men’s National tour, travelling around the country.
“Apart from that, he will have to pay for re-stringing racquets, getting new shoes and equipment. We are looking for any financial support or sponsorship from local businesses and organisations to help towards travel and costs.”
Among the highlights of last season was Sam winning the Lancashire Championships at U16 level and CCF Wigan Open men’s final.
He has also represented Mawdesley 1st team, helping them to the Southport and District Division One title.
Now, Sam is targeting an ITF (International Tennis Federation) ranking, achieving a scholarship in America and representing GB.
But first he is looking to improve his U18 county ranking of fifth, because he has only competed in a few events at that level.
Dad Stephen believes he has the potential for the top of the sport.
He said: “Sam is very athletic and has the right build for a tennis player, being 6ft 1in. He is a very strong server, but his greatest asset is his all-round play, like Andy Murray where he can mix things up from being on the baseline to serve and volleying.”
If you are interested in sponsoring Sam contact 07887 874875.