Young tennis sensations Jodie Lawrence-Taylor and Alice Klugman believe their games will come on leaps and bounds after a lesson from former British number one Tim Henman at Wimbledon.

The pair were at the All England Club on Saturday to learn tips of the trade from Henman, as well as playing a few points against the four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist.

Taylor, 14, from Morden, and Klugman, 13, from Wimbledon, earned the opportunity after reaching the final of the HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 & Under Challenge last summer.

Taylor, who trains at Sutton Tennis Academy, spent a week playing at SW19 last August before ultimately falling 7-6, 6-4 to Nell Miller in the final.

Her strong performances gave the Cheam High School pupil the chance to train with Henman 12 months later, and Taylor admitted it was an experience she will never forget.

“It was really good – it was great to be able to hit with two very good professional players and see what it was like to play on the grass with them when they’ve done well at Wimbledon themselves,” she said.

“It was a little bit of a struggle for me at the start because it was a bit of a different warm-up than I’m used to. But once I got into it, it was good and I was happy with it.

“I remember it was a really good time last year because I got to bring my family down and show them Wimbledon.

“It was a really nice experience to play here. I lost in the final but I was happy with that because I’d had a tough summer up until then and that felt like a turning point in my game.”

Klugman, who trains at Westside Tennis Club, said: “It was really good to have the opportunity to play with two really big stars, seeing how they play and how good they are compared to us.

“I was pretty happy with how I was playing – it’s a bit different on grass because the ball comes a lot quicker so you have to get used to it.

“I won the county event at Road to Wimbledon last year and it was a really fun experience to spend a whole week at Wimbledon.”

She added: “I come pretty much every year as a fan but it was so fun to play here – I met a few friends and my doubles partner came all the way in from Jersey as well.

“My aim is to go professional and I think I’m on track for that.”

The HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 & Under Challenge is the UK's largest national junior grass court tournament and forms part of HSBC’s investment in the stars of the future.