Char­lie steps up into state team

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - CAREERS -

COFFS Har­bour ju­nior ten­nis player Char­lie Pade will rep­re­sent NSW in the Na­tional Aus­tralian Made Foun­da­tion Cup.

The 13-year-old, who at­tends Coffs Har­bour High School and trains un­der ten­nis coach dad Al­lan Pade at the Har­bour Ten­nis Academy, is one of only two boys on the state team, which will com­pete in the com­pe­ti­tion in Jan­uary to be held at Kooy­ong Ten­nis Club in Mel­bourne.

Form­ing a part of the Aus­tralian Sum­mer of Ten­nis, the Foun­da­tion Cup is a na­tional ten­nis tour­na­ment with teams of two boys and two girls from ru­ral and re­gional ar­eas of each state who will com­pete for the cup in a round-robin for­mat.

In be­ing selected, Char­lie is fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of his older sis­ter, Lily, who made the team in 2016.

Char­lie said he was "re­ally ex­cited" to rep­re­sent his state, say­ing it was a huge hon­our to be selected.

He gained se­lec­tion after a strong 12 months in which he made the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Na­tional De­cem­ber Show Down, los­ing to the No.1 seed from Ja­pan.

He also won the NSW Clay Court Cham­pi­onships, Queens­land State Age, North Coast Cham­pi­onships, Sa­rina Age and made the semi-fi­nals of the Dar­win Open.

Photo: Matt Deans

STAR ON THE RISE: Coffs Har­bour's Char­lie Pade has been selected to rep­re­sent NSW at the Na­tional Aus­tralian Made Foun­da­tion Cup.

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