IT’S not every day that you get to meet one of your heroes.

But that’s what happened to eight-year-old Alex Ingham this week when he was introduced to two-time Wimbledon champion and former world number one, Sir Andy Murray.

And Alex, from Tyldesley, was also given the opportunity to hit shots on the same side of the net as the Scotsman in doubles practice, where Andy was impressed by his "great style of play".

It was at the Tim Henman Foundation Pro-Am Doubles Tournament in London where Alex was invited.

Alex's Instagram account, which showcases his skills on the court, caught the attention of the foundation, which is keen to encourage youngsters into the game.

The Garrett Hall Primary School pupil, who first stepped onto a tennis court at the age of three, was invited to make the journey south with his dad Phil.

Phil, 42, said: "Alex had a really great time.

"He was amazed when he was allowed to watch the professionals play on the edge of the court.

"After the matches finished, Andy had a chat with him and invited him to play doubles with him.

"Andy complemented Alex on his forehand and his serve and said he had a great style of play.

"All Alex wants to do is become a professional tennis player and this experience has motivated him to do that even more."

Other tennis stars that Alex saw last week include 18-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic, Lleyton Hewitt and Milos Raonic.

Alex with 2002 Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt

Alex with Canadian ace Milos Raonic

Coached by Wayne Jones, Alex plays for Lancashire under 9s at the Bolton Arena as a performance player.

And recently he played a part in his side picking up the North West Performance Team tournament.

Alex with the medal that he was presented with as a member of the Lancashire under 9s side that won this year's North West Performance Team tournament

"Alex has got such a passion for the sport," Phil said.

"He plays four or five times a week and knows all the players in the game."

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Alex returns to the capital city tomorrow, Monday, with his dad to watch more high quality tennis on the opening day of Wimbledon.

Maybe one day he will be standing on the baseline of an SW19 tennis court.