Southsea tennis sensation Blu Baker is competing at this year’s Wimbledon championships as a ‘wild card’. Wild card players are offered a place in the tournament whose world ranking isn’t high enough to automatically qualify them for Wimbledon, but show great promise.
The teenager is currently ranked 127 in the world under-18 rankings and he puts his meteoric rise down to the expert coaching he is receiving at the Rene Gomez academy in Florida where he has been since the age of 10.
His father Portmouth Tennis Academy head coach Kevin Baker says his son’s success is down to his single-minded commitment to the game. The family has been split between England and America but they all agree the sacrifice has been worth it.
“Blu wouldn’t be where he is today if he was still based in the UK,” said Kevin.
‘My wife lived with Blu in America for the first four years but he is now living in the academy’s house. There have been some tough times but it is what needed to happen.
“Blu first visited the academy when he was 11 and he loved it right from the start.
“It’s where he wanted to be and I felt he needed to be in this high intensity, highly motivated environment.”
“My dream is to play and win the US Open at Flushing Meadows. My idols are Juan Martin del Potro and Bjorn Borg – I would love to play like them.
“I am getting stronger and stronger by the day and I am looking forward to developing a career in tennis” he said.