Ten­nis prov­ing cool for kids

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sports -

IF you think your child has what it takes to be a ten­nis cham­pion, then the Hotshots ten­nis clinic may be for them.

Hotshots is specif­i­cally de­signed for chil­dren aged un­der 10 and uses smaller rac­quets, games and courts to get chil­dren used to the sport.

The pro­gram has three stages, which pro­gres­sively build up skills and con­fi­dence.

By the time they have pro­gressed to the third stage, they are ready to play on full-sized courts.

Coach Glen Popovsky said the Hotshots pro­gram, to­gether with the Pop­shots player path­way pro­gram, was im­prov­ing the pop­u­lar­ity of ju­nior ten­nis.

“We have seen an in­crease in num­bers with the pro­gram this term, par­tic­u­larly with the emer­gence of Nick Kyr­gios,” he said.

“Kyr­gios is mak­ing ten­nis seem “cool” for the kids, with his colour­ful out­fits, the hair­cut and a bit of at­ti­tude seems to have im­pacted the younger gen­er­a­tion of youth.”

Melville-Palmyra Ten­nis Club held a tour­na­ment dur­ing the school hol­i­days in July that at­tracted 150 play­ers from all over WA.

“It was great to see so many play­ers en­ter the event; we had a lot more en­ter this year which is en­cour­ag­ing,” Popovsky said.

Visit www.popten­nis.com. au

Nikola Dotlic, the win­ner of the boys un­der 14s sin­gles com­pe­ti­tion at the re­cent Melville-Palmyra Ten­nis Club tour­na­ment.

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