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Young tennis talent Daniel Phillips has been given a generous boost for his quest to further his sports career after a $5,000 donation from the Bermuda Marathon Derby.

Eleven-year-old Daniel, the island's top under-12 player, is raising money to attend the Rafa Nadal tennis academy in Spain — a key step in building his skills to play for the island.

“I would like to say thank you to everyone that has supported me,” said Daniel after accepting his cheque from Gina Tucker, president of the organisation.

“It is an honour for me to represent Bermuda — I am going to give it my best.”

He will live and train at the world-renowned academy in Majorca this month.

Dr Tucker said the group liked to assist “any organisation or person that's trying to do something significant at the grass roots”.

The funds were raised over the May 24 races. Dr Tucker said the group was particularly keen to assist young people.

“After we heard about Daniel we decided he would be awesome for us to support,” she said. “We believe that he can be a pro, and we hope that others will see it fit to support Daniel.”

Road to success: Daniel Phillips is preparing to take his game to the next level at The Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Show of support: children of all ages took part in the Game, Set amd Match it! Grass Roots Tennis-a-thon for Daniel Phillips (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Event proves a hit: children of all ages are helping Daniel's dream come true
Tennis pro: Ashley Brooks at one of Daniel's fundraisers to reach the Rafa Nadal tennis academy in Spain
Good sport: tennis pro Gavin Manders shows his support at one of Daniel's fundraisers at the weekend, the Game, Set and Match it! Grass Roots Tennis-a-thon

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Published September 01, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated September 01, 2016 at 5:04 am)

Young tennis star’s $5,000 training boost

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