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SCAR­BOR­OUGH Ten­nis Academy di­rec­tor Rick Willsmore has been se­lected to coach the state team at the Su­per 10s Na­tional Fi­nal in Mel­bourne this week.

The 2013 Ten­nis West Coach of the Year will take 10-year-olds Wayne McNi­col (Wem­b­ley Downs Ten­nis Club), James New­ton (Re­abold Ten­nis Club), Cian In­gles (Nol­la­mara Ten­nis Club) and Zach Me­lanie (Kwinana Ten­nis Club) to the fi­nal, held dur­ing the se­cond week of the Aus­tralian Open.

Willsmore coached Team Fed­erer dur­ing the Ten­nis Aus­tralian com­pe­ti­tion, but none of his team mem­bers made the fi­nal cut.

He said the best 16 play­ers were se­lected from the Su­per 10s com­pe­ti­tion and the top four se­lected for the fi­nal.

“It’s a great com­pe­ti­tion – the kids have on-court coach­ing and that doesn’t hap­pen any­where else,” Willsmore said.

“It takes them away from their clubs and puts them with the best play­ers their age.” Ten­nis Aus­tralia will in­tro­duce Su­per 8s next year. Willsmore said he mainly coached ju­nior play­ers at Scar­bor­ough be­cause “it’s my pas­sion”.

The WA team will com­pete against each state and ter­ri­tory in a round-robin com­pe­ti­tion from Jan­uary 27 to 31.

“NSW will be hard to beat be­cause pop­u­la­tion gen­er­ally dic­tates level,” Willsmore said.

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