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spiceboy
Nov 19th, 2005, 10:55 AM
Portobello kid Emma out to make a racket

BILL LOTHIAN



AT just ten years old Emma Devine, from Portobello, has the sporting world at her feet ... The question is: Which sport?

For this most precocious of racketeers is both a tennis AND badminton champion as opportunities to explore her exciting potential abound.

At the moment it seems tennis could hold match point with the St John's Primary School pupil, aided by her parents, Kenny and Cathy, involved in discussions to join the Scottish Institute of Sport.
There she would become one of the youngest individual elite athletes enjoying a range of benefits as a tennis entrant.

Meantime, Emma recently returned from Germany after being nominated by Tennis Scotland to compete at the BMW junior Open and she has also been placed on stand-by for an international event at Scotstoun, Glasgow, next month.

In badminton, though, Emma's talents are also coming to the fore; as national under-11 singles and doubles champion she has been called into the SBU's squads at under-13 and under-15 levels.

It is tennis that is taking Emma furthest afield and the prodigy of former national coach Judy Murray has recently spent a week looking round the famous Sanchez Tennis Academy in Barcelona which helped groom Andy Murray for stardom.

Dad Kenny Devine, says: "For Emma to be coached by Judy Murray is a real incentive given the strides being made by her, son, Andy.

The visit to the Sanchez Academy was certainly eye-opening but at this stage merely a tester for what may or may not happen one day for Emma."

TheBoiledEgg
Nov 19th, 2005, 03:18 PM
choose tennis, Emma ;)
better profile but alot tougher.