Cory aces nationals

ROCKHAMPTON'S Cory Jacobs loves his tennis.

After returning from his first National Primary Schools Tennis Championships in Darwin at the weekend, Jacobs was back on the court yesterday fine-tuning his already impressive game.

The 11-year-old sensation was part of Queensland's team which had a narrow loss

to New South Wales in the national final on Saturday.

Jacobs, a Year 6 student at St Anthony's Primary School, won all but three of his 15 singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches.

The left-hander's outstanding potential was highlighted by the fact he was the youngest and most northern player in the 14-member Queensland team.

Jacobs, coached by Rob Beak, now has his sights on Queensland's No.1 ranking at next year's national championships in Mackay.

"I came 11th at the state trials last year and came sixth this year in Brisbane,'' Jacobs said.

"Hopefully I can get to the top next year.''

Jacobs' favourite players are Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal and Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, who are the only two players that can stop Roger Federer from winning his second straight US Open title next week, according to the new kid on the block.

"I hope Lleyton can win but Federer is too good ? he has a mental edge over everyone,'' Jacobs said.

The pocket-dynamo returns to competition in next month's State Age Championships, which start in Rockhampton on September 12.



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