TALENTED Stourbridge tennis star Max Walker is following in the steps of his idols after playing in front of Wimbledon’s centre court.

The 11-year-old was selected to play the sport on some of the most famous tennis courts in the world on the middle Saturday of the championships.

Max, a student at Pedmore CofE Primary School, was one of 16 tennis playing youngsters who make up the LTA Midlands Regional Team who were invited to play on the most popular day of the major tournament.

While on the hallowed turf of Wimbledon’s courts five to seven, Max and his teammates demonstrated their talent and skills directly in front of centre court, to the vast crowds arriving.

Max, who trains at Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, said: “It was the most exciting day of my life and I feel so lucky to have played at Wimbledon.

“It was a dream come true and has inspired me to keep working hard and enjoying playing tennis.”

As well as a tour of centre court, the children were lucky enough to have full access to the players' training area, Aorangi Park, where Max watched his hero Rafa Nadal – along with many other big names – playing on the practice courts.

Topping off Max's amazing experience, he spent the previous day training at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.