The first Russian tennis player ever to take part in British Junior Tennis-- or any British competitions ----- was on the court on June 10th.
The first Russian tennis player ever to take part in British Junior Tennis-- or any British competitions ----- was on the court on June 10th. at Beckenham for the Junior County Championships. His name is Andre Potanin, age 17 years. He is a student of the University of Leningrad, is Russia's no. 2 tennis player and a Master of Sport. With him in England is Miss Anna Eimitrieva, Russia's junior tennis champion and number 8 in the classification. Ann also holds a Mastership in Sport.
Andre's opponent in today's match was L. Nath of India. The first set of the game went to Nath, 6-0. Torrential rain caused the game to be suspended when Nath was winning in the second set, 3-1.
For their trip to Britain the Russian pair have Russia's top tennis coach, Semen Belits-Geiman. Prior to their tournament matches the Russians spent most of their time familiarising themselves with the grass-court play.
Fred Perry, the former World Champion tennis player, watched Andre and Anna at practice. It is Fred who has been advising the Soviet Union on tennis and it was he who arranged this visit.