Naomi Broady 'Playing Tennis After Manchester Attacks Was Difficult'

Tennis - Broady says she was pretty emotional while playing on the court

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Naomi Broady 'Playing Tennis After Manchester Attacks Was Difficult'

Tennis - British tennis player Naomi Broady says she lost a former schoolmate of hers in the terror attacks that rocked the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester and is waiting to get back home to be with her family. In an interview to Press Association Sport, Broady says, "I woke up to use the bathroom on the morning of my match.

It was still really early and I saw on my phone more than 50 messages. They were all just saying, 'Oh my God', and messages from the tennis girls who associate Manchester with me and they were messaging and asking if all my family were okay and that was the first kind of panic.

My mum was at the arena two nights earlier so that was the first priority to make sure everyone was okay. And unfortunately one of my sister's friends ended up dying. I went to school with Martyn, he was in the same class as my sister.

His family still live in the same area as we do. Our neighbours were there. It was awful. It was a really tough day to focus on court, it was one of the hardest matches I've had to play. I was pretty emotional, I really felt like I was grieving, and for two or three days I felt like that.

Just speaking to people back home, I think everyone felt like that. I'll go to the memorials when I get home and pay my respects to the victims. Hopefully the One Love concert on Sunday will go amazingly." After losing in the first round of the women's doubles event on Thursday, Broady says she would be heading back home.

"I definitely want to get home now. It's also my niece's birthday after the weekend and these things just really make you realise what's important in life and you just want to see your family when stuff like this happens. I think this has really shown what an amazing city we are and how close everyone is.

I know Liam went out and got a bee tattooed, my mum was debating it but didn't do it. I don't know if I'm going to get a bee. I've been playing with a black ribbon on my bag here. I think it's affected a lot of people more so than the other terror attacks because it really is on your own doorstep.

A lot of people know someone who was affected, and it was just very close to home. I think even a lot of people who live in Manchester didn't realise what a close-knit community we really are, for such a big city we really are very close.

It's just such a diverse city. We've got a big Chinatown, we've got the gay village, the curry mile. So many different communities and in general we all get along with each other so well and don't judge each other for the colour of your skin or a lot of other things you get judged for in life." Broady will also be playing an ITF event in Manchester on grass as she prepares for Wimbledon and said she is looking forward to competing in the club where she grew up playing.

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