Cardiac arrest teen set to appear at Wimbledon Men's Final

THE Wimbledon Men's Final takes place this afternoon, and for one sports-mad teenager, it will be a dream come true. While Roger Federer and Andy Roddick prepare to face off in the All England Club's showpiece finale, a 14-year-old from

THERE will be one British tennis ace on Centre Court this afternoon for the Wimbledon Men's Final.

Andy Murray's Wimbledon hopes may have been shattered by American Andy Roddick on Friday evening, but for one sports-mad teenager, today's final at SW19 will be a dream come true.

While Roger Federer and Roddick prepare to face off in the All England Club's showpiece finale, a 14-year-old from Codicote will be playing an important role in Centre Court proceedings as well.

Former Herts junior county champion James Doherty, who suffered a cardiac arrest in October which put paid to his dreams of becoming a professional tennis player, will take on the prestigious role of "coin tosser" for the match.


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James, who has been fitted with a defibrillator after being diagnosed with QT syndrome, said: "I've always dreamed of being a professional tennis player and playing at Wimbledon would have been the ultimate.

"That's obviously not going to happen now but an experience like this is the next best thing and a dream come true."

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James will be representing the national charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

For more information about sudden cardiac death and CRY visit www.c-r-y.org.uk

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