Young Cory already rivals Laver?s feats



ANY player who can get his name on a tennis trophy more times than Rod Laver has a bright future.

Rockhampton's Cory Jacobs has achieved just that.

Jacobs, 12, is preparing to make his first national assault at the Australian 12 years and under grasscourt titles, which swing into action at Mildura, Victoria, on April 18.

The talented left-hander will arrive in career-best form after winning his third straight Rockhampton Primary School boys title at last month's trials.

Two years ago, the Year 7 St Anthony's student became the youngest player to win the trophy and has been unstoppable since.

Laver, one of Rockhampton's favourite sporting heroes and widely considered the greatest player ever, won the title in 1952.

Jacobs, a QAS (Queensland Acadmey of Sport) tennis scholarship holder, said it was a special accolade.

But for now, the quietlyspoken tennis star has his sights on national glory.

"I want to do really well,'' said Jacobs, who will join Australia's 64 best ranked players in action.

A neighbour's private grasscourt at Olive Estate could be the secret weapon in Jacobs' preparations.

"You have to get used to the bounce and have to stay low,'' Jacobs said.

Jacobs' coach, Rockhampton's Rob Beak, said it would be a good learning experience but he was confident in Jacobs' ability.



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