Posted May 31, 2019 10:20:29 AM

The Island’s leading tennis player, Billy Harris, now forging a career on the pro-circuit, is gearing up for a successful summer.

Since 2012, Douglas-based Auxesia has sponsored Billy, providing him with advice, funding towards the costs involved in professional tennis and ongoing support.

The 24-year-old, who hails from Castletown, has recently bounced back from a period of injury and is now playing in the French league. His comeback has started well with success in some doubles competitions.

In June Billy will be joining the International Tennis Federation (ITF) circuit, playing matches around the world.

Billy is also looking forward to a game against Gianni Mina, who had a high world ranking and played against Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros in 2010.

Auxesia Director Stuart Colligon said: ‘As well as Billy’s talent, his attitude in adversity is a key factor in his ongoing success, and why we are backing him for the seventh successive season.

‘His strong sense of purpose embodies many of Auxesia’s values and are principles which can make a big difference and lead to productive results in both sport and the workplace,’ Stuart explained. 

‘For a Manx player to be competing not only professionally but on the international stage is an achievement to be proud of, and since an early age we have seen Billy develop as a player and a person.

‘As in anything, there are always identifiable improvements to be made and Billy works incredibly hard, his commitment to succeed is remarkable.

‘He has been frustrated of late as he recovers from injury but is now fighting fit and playing matches in France, and we wish him well for the remainder of the season.’

Auxesia is a keen supporter of local talent in both business and the community.

The management consultancy and business mentoring firm supports individuals and companies throughout all stages of development, using its panel of experts to identify and implement small changes, and helping its clients to grow and flourish.

Billy, who became the first Islander to win a singles match at the All England Club in 2013 when he won in the first round of the boys' singles at Wimbledon, added: ‘I am so extremely grateful to Auxesia for its ongoing support.

‘Not only has the financial support allowed me to focus on my training programme but the belief in me from Stuart and the team is a wonderful network to have. I’m looking forward to the tournaments planned this year and an action-packed summer.’