7 Sep 2007

One of its specialities is to help promising youngsters develop towards professional standard.

"Coaching in Wales is very good and improving at a rapid pace," said Howard. "But I know Nick will benefit from the environment in the USA, where there is a regular high standard of competition within an hour’s drive, rather than travelling around Europe to compete."

Nick added: "I am really looking forward to this great opportunity of working with a world class coach in Nick Saviano and hopefully developing my game to its full potential."

Nick has spent time in the USA before – working with top international coaches to supplement the work done by his father.

Nick Lawrence, the national performance manager for Tennis Wales, said: "Nick is one of our most promising youngsters and I am sure the experience in Florida will be a huge benefit to him."

Nick Jones is one of five promising Welsh tennis players receiving lottery funding from the Sports Council for Wales’ Elite Cymru programme.