JOSH Holloway will be channelling Australian great Lleyton Hewitt's never-say-die attitude when he hits the courts in Melbourne today.

The Rockhampton youngster faces some of the best players in the country when he contests the Australian Tennis Championships for people with an intellectual disability, starting today.

The 16-year-old said was confident heading into the contest which starts with first round matches at Albert Reserve, Melbourne, this morning.

"I'm feeling pretty good about it and I've got some fairly decent form," Holloway said.

"I'm not sure how I'll go. Last year I made it to the quarter finals and got out, so I'm hoping to make the semi-finals this year.

"Winning is always the main goal but I'd like to make the finals.

"It's going to be pretty tough."

Holloway said he had been keeping a close eye on Hewitt over the past few weeks and was inspired by his success in winning the 2014 Brisbane International.

 

"I'm really liking Lleyton Hewitt at the moment. He did really well in the Brisbane International," he said.

"I will be inspired by him and Roger Federer (when I play) at the Australian Championships."

Holloway said he was excited about the doubles event, where he partners Mitchell James.

"Mitchell is from Burpengary and he has come up to have a few practice sessions with me in the lead-up to the competition," he said.

"I'm really looking forward to the doubles and touring the tournaments with Mitchell throughout the season."

Holloway touched down in Melbourne yesterday in preparation for today's opening day.



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