Project 51 Young Influencers visit the Nature Valley Classic

July 2019

Sophie Corbett, one of the Young Influencers on Sported and Women in Sport’s Project 51 programme, has shared her experiences visiting the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham.

This was the first live tennis I’ve ever attended.

On the day I saw many tennis matches and I got the chance to meet some of the players and I even got my tennis ball singed! Later in the day we got the amazing opportunity to attend a press conference with Petra Martic where I got to ask a question and meet the tournament media manager, Eleanor.

The atmosphere in and around the courts was very energetic and positive as everyone was excited to see their favourite players and role models.

My favourite part of the day was watching Venus Williams play, I especially enjoyed this part of the day as Venus Williams is such an influential person and a role model to millions. The pace of the game was very quick and enjoyable to watch. It was just unfortunate that Venus couldn’t come out on top at the end of this game.

The matches I watched throughout the day were all very exciting, especially the game between Martic and Ostapenko as the score was so close throughout. Although, this game was frustrating to watch as Ostapenko had match point numerous times and unfortunately for her she couldn’t beat Martic. Martic showed great perseverance in this match and showed determination which later lead her to win the match which will inspire many young girls to be confident in yourself and to keep pushing through, even when you are losing.

This day taught me more about tennis and many rules which I wasn’t aware of before the day. The event was inspiring to me as it left me wanting to see more and it gave me an insight into the different types of jobs there are in event organisation. For example, many of the judges, staff and volunteers were female which was very empowering.

I would like to thank the LTA for organising this day for us, we had an amazing time which we will never forget!