Lilly and Thomas Kele are ready to hit the courts with the junior 2010 tennis season starting this weekend at Victoria Park.
Lilly and Thomas Kele are ready to hit the courts with the junior 2010 tennis season starting this weekend at Victoria Park. ALLAN REINIKKA

Young Rocky tennis stars on rise

ROCKHAMPTON last season served up a group of powerful junior tennis players who now plan to slam the courts in a similar fashion in the 2010 season.

And this Saturday is when it all begins with sign-on for the juniors at the Victoria Park tennis courts.

Lilly Kele, 9, and her brother Thomas, 11, have been following the Australian Open this week and said they were keen to hit the courts again in in the same spirit as their favourite tennis players, Serena Williams and Roger Federer.

But there are some juniors who haven’t taken a break from the sport despite the season wrapping up in September.

Mitchell Harper hit his way through several championships in January with his most recent three-title slam at the UQ Head Age Tennis Championships in Brisbane, where he won the singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

The following week at the 2010 Ashley Cooper Junior Tennis Championships, the 12-year-old collected the doubles championship with partner Jack Jaede.

Hillary Tjandramulia also played in a knock-out performance to claim the singles title at the same championships.

Emerging tennis star Cory Jacobs also makes a crucial move down south to Brisbane to train full-time at the National Academy after receiving a scholarship through Tennis Australia.



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