Serv­ing it up to ri­vals

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT -

A FRIEND­SHIP has helped North Bur­nett ten­nis play­ers Will Ma­her and Jaden Court de­feat some of the best in the coun­try.

Ma­her and Court could only look at each other in “ex­cite­ment” af­ter the dou­bles part­ners won the Na­tional Ten­nis Dou­bles Ti­tle at the Rod Laver Queens­land Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.

Court said the boys were up against it fac­ing two Na­tional Academy play­ers.

“We had to play the dou­bles match only four hours af­ter I had won the Main Draw con­so­la­tion sin­gles fi­nal,” an elated Court said.

Court clearly re­mem­bers how the vic­tory un­folded.

“Af­ter win­ning the first set 7-5, we knuck­led down for the sec­ond set and we knew it was go­ing to be tight,” he said.

“We won the first game and af­ter Will served the sec­ond game we had a 2-0 lead.

“A bat­tle en­sued, but ul­ti­mately, we were up 5-2.

“We lost the eighth game, 5-3. I am serv­ing for the match! We are up 40 love. Match point and my serve was re­turned to my forehand.

“I re­turned a blis­ter­ing forehand, cross-court. Too strong. Their re­turn was out. I looked at Will, he was look­ing at me. We had won.”

It was a great tour­na­ment for Court who also was no­ticed for his sin­gles fi­nal.

His op­po­nent, Bren­don

Jaden Court

I re­turned a blis­ter­ing forehand, cross-court... I looked at Will, he was look­ing at me. We had won

Schultz, from Bund­aberg was also in good form, but Court knew he had an ad­van­tage over him.

Jaden won this match with a score­line of 6-1, 6-4.

This was a na­tional event, a plat­inum point tour­na­ment, play­ers from 12 coun­tries at­tended and Aus­tralians from all states. There were 107 boys in the sin­gles event and 43 pairs in the dou­bles.

Life­time Ten­nis Academy from Bris­bane help Jaden warm up on Tour­na­ment days and he al­ways looks for­ward to and ap­pre­ci­ates this help.

Jayden’s coaches, Mr Lau­rie Din­gle and Mrs Pat Din­gle, of Aber­corn, and Wayne Hamp­son, of Bris­bane, will be “proud as punch with my ef­forts” Jayden said.

Jaden plays fix­tures at the Gayn­dah Ten­nis Club most Tues­day nights as well as com­pet­ing in the Cen­tral Queens­land Ju­nior Mas­ter se­ries through­out the year.

The Na­tional Academy coach for Ten­nis Queens­land has in­vited Jayden to come for train­ing ses­sions with them any time he is in town.


YOUNG GUN: Jaden Court served up some smash­ing ten­nis.

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