Mar­cus tired of watch­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

HE might have a warm smile, but ten­nis player Mar­cus Bouck­aert has a mean hit.

Size also does not mean ev­ery­thing to the 17-yearold, who has an Aus­tralian men’s rank­ing of 294.

On top of that, the Year 12 Aquinas Col­lege stu­dent has brag­ging rights as the school’s best ten­nis player.

He was named as Aquinas’ cham­pion ten­nis player last year.

Mar­cus partly has his three older broth­ers to thank for his ten­nis suc­cess.

Bored watch­ing them bat and bowl on the cricket field, he de­cided to go with a friend to play ten­nis.

He hasn’t looked back since, with his love of the game grow­ing while his tal­ent flour­ished.

“I en­joy the men­tal chal­lenge, friends and trav­el­ling,” Mar­cus said.

The ath­lete was se­lected in the State School Sport ten­nis team.

On May 1, the team trav­elled to Ho­bart to com­pete in the Pizzey Cup. WA fin­ished fourth. “I only lost in my matches against Vic­to­ria and New South Wales,” Mar­cus said.

He said he would like a schol­ar­ship to an Amer­i­can col­lege.

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