Fast-tracked from Tokyo to WA team

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

GEN Naraya is ready to show off his ten­nis skills to rep­re­sent Western Aus­tralia.

Naraya, a Cloverdale res­i­dent and Year 10 Aran­more Catholic Col­lege Stu­dent, has been named in the State team head­ing over to the School Sport Aus­tralia Pizzey Cup ten­nis cham­pi­onship in Vic­to­ria.

“I had some good re­sults from the sum­mer and be­fore that, so I got picked di­rectly,” Gen said of his se­lec­tion.

“My mum got an email about the team and she told me, and I was so happy.”

Gen moved per­ma­nently to Perth from Tokyo in April last year, af­ter spend­ing a few years here when he was younger.

The Pizzey Cup rep­re­sen­ta­tive has been play­ing ten­nis for the past five years, and said it feels great to be able to rep­re­sent WA at a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Gen said he aims to at­tend a ten­nis col­lege af­ter fin­ish­ing high school, and his goal is to get into pro-level ten­nis and the ATP World Tour.

He was quick to name his ul­ti­mate ten­nis idol: Swiss su­per­star Roger Fed­erer.

“His ten­nis is so beau­ti­ful, his tech­nique is so good. He’s good as a per­son too, as a role model,” Gen said.

Gen is one of 16 tal­ented un­der-18s to make the cut, in­clud­ing two other lo­cal res­i­dents: Tara Gilich from Como and Tyler Mizuhata from South Perth, who both at­tend Ap­ple­cross Se­nior High School.

The School Sport Aus­tralia ten­nis cham­pi­onship is tak­ing place this year in Shep­par­ton, Vic­to­ria, and started on Fri­day, un­til May 7.

Stater rep Gen Naraya.

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