Olivia Tjandramulia competes in the final of the Queensland Secondary School Tennis Championships at Victoria Park yesterday and will meet Mitchell Harper in another final tomorrow.
Olivia Tjandramulia competes in the final of the Queensland Secondary School Tennis Championships at Victoria Park yesterday and will meet Mitchell Harper in another final tomorrow. Chris Ison

Top seeds eye challenge final

NOW that there's a new tennis complex, the junior tennis association thought it'd be a good idea to have a prestige tournament for young local players.

“Hopefully we can get a few more prestige events to go with the new complex,” president of the Rockhampton Junior Tennis Association John Peach said.

The first annual tournament to be held this year is the Rockhampton Regional Tennis Centre Victoria Park Junior Challenge for junior competitors under 18 and registered at the complex.

The top eight finishers will each receive a share in the total prize pool of $600.

Mr Peach said the prize money would help with developing the young players.

“They can spend that money on some aspect of their tennis, whether it is equipment or tennis lessons or the like,” Peach said.

The 16 competitors have been playing a round of competition every Tuesday afternoon, culminating with the final tomorrow between number one and two seeds Mitchell Harper and Olivia Tjandramulia.

The last time the pair met, during a Road to the Davis Cup exhibition.

Mr Peach said it was fitting the two were playing in the final.

“They are the most highly credentialed tennis players in the region,” Peach said.

“They're both incredible young players.”

Olivia's younger brother Kennedy Tjandramulia meets Callum Henderson in the third and fourth play-off,.

While Zac Kirkpatrick and Ruth Beaumont will fight it out for fifth place.



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