Jack in na­tional ten­nis

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Sport -

Se­lec­tion ex­cludes metropoli­tan play­ers and al­lows the coun­try play­ers the op­por­tu­nity to take on their other ru­ral coun­ter­parts. Each state’s team com­prises two boys and two girls.

The ten­nis will be ex­tremely in­tense as Vic­to­ria will play each other state and ter­ri­tory over the four day pe­riod with a rub­ber in­volv­ing sin­gles, dou­bles and a mixed dou­bles for each player.

It is an­other in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity for Jack. Se­lec­tion was based on the John Fitzger­ald Cup which con­sisted of the nine coun­try re­gions play­ing in Mil­dura in Oc­to­ber. From the 36 boys who played, Jack was un­de­feated in sin­gles play­ing as num­ber one in the Goul­burn Re­gion team. At that event Goul­burn fin­ished sec­ond to the ever pow­er­ful Bar­won team.

The 13-year-old Year 7 Yarra­wonga Col­lege P-1 stu­dent was very ex­cited to find out that his good friend from Gipp­s­land Sam Mc­Gre­gor was also se­lected.

This will be the third time that Jack has rep­re­sented Vic­to­ria at ten­nis. In Oc­to­ber 2017 he was a mem­ber of the 12/U Bruce Cup Vic­to­ria Team that com­prised seven boys and seven from each state. At that com­pe­ti­tion Vic­to­ria fin­ished fourth.

In De­cem­ber 2017 Jack also rep­re­sented Vic­to­ria in the 12/U Aus­tralian Teams Cham­pi­onships at Mel­bourne Park where he was a mem­ber of a team of four boys that fin­ished third out of all the states. The high­light of this event was play­ing against other nearby coun­tries like Sin­ga­pore and Ja­pan.

Jack is cur­rently ranked sixth in Vic­to­ria for his age which is an out­stand­ing feat con­sid­er­ing the chal­lenge of re­sid­ing in a ru­ral area. The five play­ers above him are from Mel­bourne and he has pre­vi­ously beaten two of them. Jack is known as a fighter on the court who will chase down ev­ery shot of­ten forc­ing his op­po­nent to make mis­takes.

Jack’s progress would not have been pos­si­ble with­out long term coach Jon Cole­man who has coached Jack since he was seven. Jon has been a tremen­dous role model for Jack and has al­ways pro­vided won­der­ful sup­port and en­cour­age­ment. Yarra­wonga’s coach Greg Duns and his coach­ing panel have also been a won­der­ful sup­port pro­vid­ing squad train­ing dur­ing the sum­mer months.

Jack will do his best in the Foun­da­tion Cup and ap­pre­ci­ates the lo­cal com­mu­nity’s sup­port.

Tal­ented Yarra­wonga ten­nis player Jack Bas­sett has been se­lected to rep­re­sent Vic­to­ria in the 13/U Red En­ergy Aus­tralian Made Foun­da­tion Cup at Kooy­ong from Jan­uary 14 un­til Jan­uary 17.

Jack Bas­sett, ready for Kooy­ong.

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