Rising stars hope they can go all the way in the sport they love
WATCHING television just might have been the secret to Connor Roth’s natural ability on the tennis court.
The 13-year-old played in his first ever tennis tournament, the Monto Junior Masters, along with new tennis buddy Brodie Bygrave, at the weekend but believed years spent watching the sport played on TV meant he could hold his own with the racquet.
“I like the Australian Open, that’s probably my favourite tournament to watch,” he said.
“My favourite player is (Canadian Milos) Raonic, I like seeing him serving. I tried to copy how he stood and held his hands and how he did the toss.
“I’ve been watching tennis most of my life. I would get pretty excited if Raonic played Roger Federer or Lleyton Hewitt in a final.”
Connor played tennis on Thursday nights since the beginning of this year and believed his forehand was coming along nicely, but still saw room for improvement in his backhand.
“I’m probably better at a single (handed) backhand,” he said.
“But I try and do forehands most of the time.
“I like serving because you can just smash it. But it gets frustrating when it won’t go in.”
Even though 14-year-old Brodie had been playing tennis most of his life, he said he also got frustrated with the game at times.
“It’s frustrating when nothing goes in,” he said.
“But my favourite part is when I hit a winner.”
Like Connor, Brodie was fond of forehands and liked the chance to whack the ball in a serve.
And because he was one of the youngest in a big tennis-loving family, he also
Tennis mates Brodie Bygrave and Connor Roth take to the court in the Monto Junior Masters. got the opportunity to pick up a lot of tips through observation.
“I can’t beat the rest of the family yet, except for my little brother,” he said.
“But we play doubles together. I like playing with mum because she coaches me through it.”
The two boys have become friends this year through the sport and although Connor is yet to beat Brodie, he said his
Connor Roth I like the Australian Open, that’s probably my favourite tournament to watch.
scores are improving.
“I’m creeping up on him,” Connor said.
“The score is usually about 6-3 now.”