Shayla gets shot at the big time

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

NOT many sev­enyear-olds can lay claim to hav­ing had a hit on the Rod Laver Arena but Tennis Hot Shot of the Year nom­i­nee Shayla Quin will do just that when she joins the world’s big­gest tennis stars at next year’s Aus­tralian Open.

The Mt Pleas­ant res­i­dent is one of just 12 nom­i­nees se­lected for the ul­ti­mate tennis ex­pe­ri­ence.

The ANZ Tennis Hot Shot of the Year com­pe­ti­tion recog­nises and re­wards a Hot Shots par­tic­i­pant each month who best demon­strates the spirit of tennis through their par­tic­i­pa­tion, en­thu­si­asm and en­joy­ment of the game.

Cur­rently play­ing Hot Shots at Ap­ple­cross Tennis Club, Shayla is aim­ing to im­prove her serve and as­pires to be as good as her tennis idol, Perth­born Casey Del­lac­qua.

The bud­ding tal­ent said she was look­ing for­ward to at­tend­ing the first Grand Slam of the year.

“I can’t be­lieve some­one my age could win a big com­pe­ti­tion like this,” she said. I’m a bit ner­vous but ex­cited at the same time.”

In Jan­uary Shayla will join the other nom­i­nees at Mel­bourne Park where the ANZ Tennis Hot Shot of the Year will be an­nounced at an of­fi­cial cer­e­mony.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell­mu­ni­ d461731

Hot Shot of the Year nom­i­nee Shayla Quinn (8) will hit some balls at the Rod Laver Arena at next year’s Aus­tralian Open.

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