Serving it up to rivals
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
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.