Do­ing it for them­selves

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Ge­orge Smith ge­


Sis­ter act Tay­lor and So­phie are serv­ing up big suc­cesses on the court SIS­TERS Tay­lor and So­phie By­grave are com­ing off a win­ning high af­ter tak­ing out their re­spec­tive events in the Bund­aberg Ju­nior Masters Tour­na­ment re­cently.

Tay­lor won the 17 years girls’ sin­gles, while So­phie won the 13 years girls’ sin­gles.

The girls come from a ded­i­cated and pas­sion­ate ten­nis fam­ily; par­ents Rob and Tr­ish have long been in­volved in run­ning the Monto club.

Tay­lor, 16, has been play­ing for 10 years.

She said she had a good all-round game and was al­ways look­ing for tour­na­ments to en­ter.

Ten­nis is an on­go­ing pas­sion for Tay­lor and, apart from a brief shot at Aussie rules, she does not pur­sue many other sports.

“A teacher at school asked me for a one-off game in AFL but ten­nis is my num­ber one game,” she said.

Younger sis­ter So­phie, 13, has been play­ing for seven years and is just as pas­sion­ate.

She fol­lows Tay­lor to most tour­na­ments in­clud­ing a re­cent coach­ing clinic in Glad­stone cater­ing for both coaches and play­ers.

Like her sis­ter, So­phie said she had a good all round game and, apart from touch football, ten­nis was her favourite sport.

The two Monto State High school­ers both have quiet am­bi­tions of se­cur­ing pro­fes­sional ten­nis con­tracts.

“There is a lot of com­pe­ti­tion but hope­fully we can both make the step to the pro­fes­sional ten­nis cir­cuit,” So­phie said.

Monto Ten­nis Club runs Thurs­day night so­cial fix­tures while their Sun­day ses­sion is open to ev­ery­one.


GAME SET MATCH: Tay­lor and So­phie By­grave are al­ways look­ing to im­prove their ten­nis game.

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