Twins smash­ing it on courts

Melville Times - - Looklocal -

TWINS Lily and Jay Fair­clough were in­tro­duced to ten­nis on the sunny courts of Cyprus but for the past two years have been cast­ing a shadow over tour­na­ments all over WA – and Aus­tralia.

The 11-year-old ty­ros, both ranked in the top five for their ages in WA, have been se­lected to rep­re­sent the State at the na­tional Bruce Cup in Vic­to­ria next month.

Born in Aus­tralia, the pair fol­lowed their fa­ther’s work in the oil and gas in­dus­try to Cyprus when they were five years ago.

“Our school in Cyprus had a list of af­ter-school clubs and we thought ten­nis would be fun to try,” Lily said.

Now at Yi­darra Catholic Col­lege, they train up to six times a week.

Lily was re­warded for her im­pres­sive form this year with a wild­card en­try to the Grass­court Na­tion­als in March and is also pre­par­ing to take part in the Clay­court Na­tion­als later this month.

Jay splits his time be­tween the court and the soc­cer pitch, where he plays for Melville City Foot­ball Club in the un­der-12 Na­tional Pre­mier League.

Both twins rate their at­tack­ing mind­sets as strengths on a ten­nis court but have also pin­pointed ar­eas they need to im­prove.

“I need to work on stay­ing in the point longer and try­ing to tran­si­tion from de­fence to of­fence,” Jay said.

“I’d like to be­come more con­sis­tent and a bit stronger men­tally,” Lily said.

Twins Lily and Jay Fair­clough have been se­lected to play for WA in the Bruce Cup.

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