max temp: 12°C

min temp: 7°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Rising star Elle Robus-Miller poised to take Centre stage with coin toss at Wimbledon today

09:46 24 June 2014

Elle Robus-Miller, who plays tennis at the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis has been chosen to do the coin toss for the first women

Elle Robus-Miller, who plays tennis at the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis has been chosen to do the coin toss for the first women's match on Centre Court at Wimbledon today


The eyes of eager tennis fans will be on a youngster from Suffolk today when she steps out on Centre Court at Wimbledon to get play under way.

Elena Baltacha and Elle Robus-MillerElena Baltacha and Elle Robus-Miller

Little Elle Robus-Miller, who trains at the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis (EBAT) in Ipswich, will perform the ceremonial coin toss with defending women’s champion Marion Bartoli, who has since retired from the game.

The nine-year-old will carry out the duty in the first of the day’s matches between last year’s beaten finalist, Sabine Lisicki, and Julia Glushko in the first round.

Elle, from Ipswich, was selected after the All England Club approached EBAT for a young player to perform the coin toss as a tribute to former British No. 1, Elena Baltacha, who lost her battle with liver cancer in May aged 30.

EBAT manager Jamie Friend said: “The trustees decided that we wanted to choose a player who would best represent EBAT at such a prestigious event, a player who always gives 100% every time they step on court, and that was Elle.”

As well as performing the coin toss, Elle, who is in Year Four at Murrayfield Primary School, Ipswich, will walk onto court with the players and meet the umpire.

She has also been given two tickets for the day’s matches on Centre Court where she will watch the action with her father Kevin Miller. He said: “Elle has been at the academy for the past two years.

“Bally visited her school to do a tennis roadshow and spotted her and she has been playing at the academy ever since.

“She had never picked up a tennis racket in her life until Bally went into her school and since then she has gone from strength-to-strength.”

It has been a whirlwind month for Elle after she travelled to Queen’s Club earlier this month for the men’s final and Rally for Bally event in Elena’s memory which saw tennis stars including Andy Murray, Heather Watson and Victoria Azarenka play.

He added: “Elle led on one of the men’s finalists before she walked on court with Heather Watson for the Rally for Bally fundraising match.

“She managed to get on court with Andy Murray and Victoria Azarenka for a hit as well.”

Mr Miller, who lives in East Bergholt, said he is “incredibly proud” of his daughter.

“She has worked so hard for what success she is enjoying now and I’m very proud,” he added.

“She can’t wait and is really looking forward to arriving for her first-ever time at Wimbledon.”

The fatal crash happened on the A131 between Little Waltham and Great Leighs

A woman has died in hospital following a crash involving three vehicles on the A131 at Little Waltham, Essex, last night.

The Kent Lodge Nursing Home.

Kent Lodge was rated inadequate by the CQC this year – one of five homes in the county to be given the rating this year

Police have put a rolling road block in place

A broken down lorry is causing delays on the A11 at Elveden this afternoon.

Theatre Square artists impression

Construction work to tidy up the former Civic Centre site in the heart of Ipswich – and to create a new public square in front of the New Wolsey Theatre.

Dimitri Gayle had his bike stolen days after he got it for his Birthday. Halfords replaced the bike free of charge. Dimitri is pictured with his new bike in Ipswich.

“There are so many bad things going on in the world, it’s nice to know there are nice things that happen too.”

Scolt Head Island

Three horses and their riders have been rescued after they were marooned on an island off the north Norfolk coast for several hours, having been cut off by the tide.

Users have been sharing autumnal photos of Suffolk on Instagram

With more than 300 million active users and 70 million photos posted each day, Instagram is one of the fastest-growing forms of social media.

Police appeal after burglary.

Two safes with sentimental jewellery and children’s birthday money in were stolen from a home last week.

The Reverend Anthony Howe, the new chaplain at Hampton Court Palace’s Chapel Royal.

A former Suffolk resident and pupil at Ipswich School has been appointed chaplain and priest in charge at The Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.

The cycle safety awareness event on Barrack Corner in Norwich Road has been cancelled.

Police have issued a new date for a bike safety event abruptly cancelled yesterday after officers failed to turn up.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages