Promising young star has form for trials
IT'S 6.30am yesterday morning and Victoria Park is graced by a future tennis star on her quest to make the big time.
Rockhampton's Rebecca Cook swings into her final preparations for another shot at tennis glory next week.
"I've been hitting it really well,'' she said.
Cook, 15, will join some of Australia's best junior players in action from Monday when she chases a start in next month's national titles.
She represents the future of Australian tennis.
The talented Rockhampton junior is one of eight Queenslanders invited to attend a five-day camp which includes a matchplay event, along with on-court training and fitness programs.
The top two players at the end of the camp will qualify for the national 16 years and under titles in Melbourne next month.
Cook, a QAS (Queensland Academy of Sport) tennis scholarship holder, is looking forward to the opportunity to taking her game to the next level.
"The quality of tennis is going to be really high.''
Cook arrives in Brisbane after reaching the quarter-finals in Bundaberg where she was beaten by eventual champion and oncourt rival again next week, Cody Morris, of the Sunshine Coast.
Cook's coach, Rockhampton's Bevan Mulholland, said his rising star was in career-best form.
"She's playing the best tennis she's ever played,'' he said. "She's attacking the ball more these days and physically getting stronger.