Tennis sex teenager 'threatened by coach'
By Megan Levy and agencies
Last Updated: 3:46pm BST
A schoolgirl who had a lesbian relationship with a leading female tennis coach when she was 13 has told a court how she was "threatened" into having the affair.
Tennis coach in court for 'sex with pupil, 13'
Former professional player Claire Lyte - the Lawn Tennis Association's young coach of the year in 2001 - is alleged to have seduced the girl when she was her coach between 2005 and 2006 in Loughborough.
Claire Lyte has received an official warning about her closeness to her pupilsThe alleged victim's mother walked in on Lyte and her daughter having sex in the teenager's bedroom after a tennis tournament, the Liverpool Crown Court jury has heard.
Lyte, 29, a former Wimbledon competitor who gave up professional tennis after an injury, has denied five counts of unlawful sexual activity with the girl.
Giving evidence in Lyte's trial today, the girl, now 15, said she "never wanted to do any of it" and was scared her tennis career would suffer if she told anyone.
"(Lyte) told me what to do," the girl, who cannot be named, said.
"She said if I was to say anything to anybody she would hurt me and she would stop my tennis completely and would tell the academy to get rid of me."
David Mason, for the defence, asked the girl why she had not spoken about Lyte's alleged threats when her mother walked in on the pair.
He also questioned why she initially lied to police in her first interview by saying the incident in October 2005 was a one-off.
"I was still terrified of what would happen," the girl said. "I wanted to carry on with my tennis, it was always what I wanted to do."
Lyte, of Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, was given an official warning by bosses at the LTA academy about her closeness to the young girls under her pupilage in 2005.
After the girl's mother walked in on the pair, Lyte remained the girl's coach and continued to attend tennis tournaments with the girl and share accommodation for almost a year afterwards.
Lyte's defence says the allegations had been manufactured by the victim's "pushy and ambitious" mother because she was upset about her daughter's time at the tennis academy coming to an end.
The case continues.