Juniors vie for ranking points
HEAVY rain could not dampen the hopes of 200 junior tennis players last week at the first tournament where they could accrue national ranking points held at Cottesloe Tennis Club for 20 years.
“It’s really fun, great competition and exciting,” Cottesloe player Jessica Culley (11) said.
The inaugural, bronze-level tournament, backed by Tennis WA, attracted entrants aged from eight to 16.
Playing on both grass and hard courts, the youngsters competed in under-10, 12, 14 and 16 divisions, in addition to mixed doubles for U16s.
Club coach David Culley said the status of the competition meant it attracted juniors from as far away as Geraldton and Esperance, in addition to those from across the metropolitan area.
“It’s a statewide tournament, so it has a much wider and stronger field for the kids to play against,” Culley said.
Some competitors already had opinions about the examples set by senior Australian players, including recent comments from Bernard Tomic that he was tired of the sport.
“Roger Federer has been playing for 30 years, and Tomic has been playing just for 10. It’s a bit embarrassing,” Max Weir (13), from Cottesloe, said.
After one day, play was cancelled because of rain and wind, and players and officials chose to instead sit inside to watch the action at Wimbledon.
Max Weir, Abe Prendiville and Jessie Culley.