Teenager's Wimbledon dream comes true

THE men's final at Wimbledon on Sunday was one of the most thrilling in history – a five-set epic in which Roger Federer was confirmed as the most successful Grand Slam winner in history. And there to witness the feat on Centre Court was Codicote teenager

THE men's final at Wimbledon on Sunday was one of the most thrilling in history - a five-set epic in which Roger Federer was confirmed as the most successful Grand Slam winner in history.

And there to witness the feat on Centre Court was Codicote teenager James Doherty.

The 14-year-old, who has the heart condition Long QT Syndrome, took centre stage at the world's most famous tennis tournament.

Representing charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, he held the role as official 'coin tosser', getting to meet the two finalists, Federer and Andy Roddick, in the process.


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Sadly for tennis-mad James, he will never get to appear at Wimbledon as a player, as his condition means he cannot take part in competitive sport.

He was diagnosed after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing at a tennis academy in September last year.

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But he told the Welwyn & Hatfield Times Sunday was a "dream come true".

More from James and his family about his special day will be in next week's Welwyn & Hatfield Times.

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