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Andrew Murray
Photograph of Andrew MurrayAndrew Murray, born in May 1987, is the brightest young hope in British tennis. In 2003 he won the junior singles title at the Canadian Open. The following year he won the US Open junior title in 2004, was voted BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year and won four Futures events, the first level of men's professional tennis. After an outstanding Wimbledon in 2005, Andrew has already achieved his year's goal of breaking into the top 100 players, presently ranked at 71. At the same age, Roger Federer, the leading player in the mens' game today, was ranked at 64.

Murray was given plenty of encouragement to take up tennis. His mother Judy is a former professional player and the current Scottish national tennis coach. Murray told the BBC: "I started playing tennis when I was three. I wasn't forced to play - I was given the choice. When I was nine or ten I wasn't really enjoying playing tennis and I wanted to stop playing. I took a break for a couple of months but then I wanted to start playing again. I quit football when I was 12 to start taking tennis more seriously. It was an easy choice - tennis had already been a huge part of my life for nine years!"


Darren Fletcher
Photograph of Darren FletcherThe Tartan Army is looking to Darren Fletcher to be the driving force of the Scotland team for the next 10 to 15 years. Born in Edinburgh in February 1984, he was brought up in Dalkeith and was playing for the Scotland under-16 team at just 14 years of age. He was snapped up by Manchester United while a schoolboy and lived in one of the club's boarding houses while he finished his studies and developed his footballing ability. Fletcher, a midfielder with pace, aggression and bags of skill, made his debut for Man Utd in a Champions League match against Basle in March 2003. Just five months later he pulled on the dark blue jersey of Scotland. He has scored twice at international level already, his second being a stunning 25-yard effort against Slovenia. Fletcher's talent is evident, but can he become a truly world class player like Law or Dalglish?



Joanne Finch
Photograph of Joanne Finch, courtesy of Scottish AthleticsRegarded as a potential medallist at middle distance in the not too distant future, 16 year old Joanne Finch seems to have a great future ahead of her on the track. She is the current Scottish champion at both 800 and 1500m in the under-17 age bracket, and was one of five teenage athletes selected by no less a person than Kelly Holmes for training camps in Spain and South Africa. Despite her tender years, Joanne also reached the final of the under-20 800m at the British Championships in Bradford this year. Definitely one to watch.




Ben Kilner
Photograph of Ben Kilner, courtesy of Snowsport GBThe great white hope for Britain in forthcoming Winter Olympics, Ben Kilner, from Banchory, is the brightest young thing in the sport of snowboarding. Aged only 16, Ben has already won gold at the British Snowboard and Freestyle Ski Championships. The youngster also won the British Youth Half Pipe Championship title while nursing a broken wrist, showing all the signs of dedication needed to make it all the way to the top.

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