Ten­nis teen for NZ tour­na­ment

Western Suburbs Weekly - - NEWS -

DALKEITH Ten­nis Club mem­ber Chris­tian Harding will com­pete in an In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion tour­na­ment in New Zealand this month af­ter mak­ing the quar­ter fi­nals at his first in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ance last year.

The 16-year-old qual­i­fied for the un­der-18 event in Sin­ga­pore last Oc­to­ber by win­ning his two matches two days be­fore the main event.

“I was hope­ful lead­ing into it but sur­prised my­self how far I went into the tour­na­ment,” Harding said.

The Christ Church Gram­mar School Year 11 stu­dent, who helped his school win the Corr Cup last year, said he had de­vel­oped his game in the past few years.

“My game’s ma­tured from just hav­ing base­line ral­lies to cut­ting off points with fore­hands and vol­leys and a big serve,” Harding said.

The Dalkeith res­i­dent watched sev­eral matches at the Hop­man Cup last week, rem­i­nisc­ing about his ball kid du­ties at the tour­na­ment two years ago.

“It was re­ally great see­ing all the top play­ers close up like (Andy) Mur­ray and (John) Is­ner… I was try­ing to catch his serve,” Harding said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d448414

Ri­ley Rees-Turner, Chris­tian Harding and

Lach­lan Mckin­non.

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