The stadium in Benidorm

An Isle of Wight man will be hoping to serve up success as he represents Great Britain on the international tennis stage from today (Wednesday).

More than 80 people from 15 different countries will be at this year’s International Blind Tennis Tournament, including Neil Fradgley.

The St Mary’s Hospital worker will compete under the B4 classification. In simple terms, he says he is unable to read past the second line of standard eye test chart.

The event is getting underway in Benidorm, Spain.

Neil told Isle of Wight Radio:

“I am very excited about the opportunity to represent Great Britain at my very first international tournament. As a player entering any event you hope to go as far as possible, but as this will be the first formal B4 competition, it is difficult to judge what the standard will be.

“Obviously I am entering with the ambition of becoming World Champion, but we will just have to see how the competition unfolds.”