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IT IS always a notable achievement for any young aspiring tennis player to be chosen to represent their school at firstteam level.

And for Loretto School pupil Jessica Lemmon, her selection is even more remarkable given that she is only 12 years old and playing alongside, and against, much older players – some six years her senior.

Unfazed by her extraordinary talent on the tennis court, Jessica, who joined Loretto School as a boarder from St Boswells Primary School in September, has already represented the Borders at tennis, as well as being selected to turn out for the South of Scotland.

Jessica commented: “It was a little scary at the start to be playing tennis with girls much older than me, but I have got used to it now.”

Jonathan Hewat, director of external affairs at Loretto, added: “I have been working in schools for nearly 20 years and I have never known a girl of Jessica’s age represent the first VII tennis team.

“It is a tremendous achievement made all the more refreshing by Jessica’s self-effacing, modest, but determined attitude.”

Despite Jessica’s impressive tennis pedigree – her mother is the coach at St Boswells Tennis Club – she has no plans to be a female version of Scotland’s Andy Murray.

“I have always found tennis enjoyable and fun. To me it is a hobby,” she said.