She will compete against other finalists – aged 14 or under – from across the UK on the world famous grass courts at the Wimbledon All England Club. Watching will be former UK tennis number one, Tim Henman.
The HSBC Road to Wimbledon tournament invites local schools, tennis clubs and parks to hold competitions and send the winner to a county final. Daisy’s first qualifying round was at Truro High School. Already an accomplished player with a national ranking, Daisy went straight through to the semi final of the county final, which she won 4-0 4-0. She followed this convincing performance in the final with a 4-2 4-0 victory.
Daisy has just returned from a tennis training camp in Spain where she won an under 16s tournament, playing on clay. For the next two weeks she will concentrate her efforts on the grass courts at Perranporth in preparation for her Wimbledon debut.
“It’s her dream to perform at Wimbledon, she just can’t wait,” said her mum, Sara Chapman. “To play at Wimbledon at such a young age is amazing, I’m so proud.”
She added: “Daisy’s ambition is to become a professional tennis player, which will take considerable dedication and commitment. She is also a high achiever academically, which is where Truro High School comes in. The staff are fantastic, they organise her academic and sporting commitments to ensure she has the very best chance of fulfilling her potential in both.”
High School Headmaster, Dr Glenn Moodie, said: “We are really excited for Daisy and so proud of her success. She clearly has an amazing future ahead of her and I’m sure she will succeed at whatever she puts her mind to. We’re very happy to guide and support her in every way we can.”