From Kendall to centre court

KENDALL Tennis Club juniors have embraced Sydney’s Apia International tennis tournament, with 19 juniors selected to take part in different squads.

Six juniors – Ronan Wallace, Blake Hudson, Nicholas Brown, Liam Wallace, Corinne Wilkes and Lachlan Hunt – are part of the Tennis NSW Ball Squad and will head to Sydney on January 3 to commence the qualifying rounds before taking to centre court from January 6 to 12.

They will get the opportunity to be on court with many of the world’s best tennis players. These juniors will then be joined by an additional six club juniors – Rhyan Hudson, Lauren Brown, Caitlin Rogers, Jessica Rogers, Mitchell Hunt and Damian Hudson – to ball person for the Sydney International Wheelchair Open which will commence on January 11. This will be the first time for these six ball persons and they are looking forward to the experience and hopefully in years to come join the other six in the NSW Ball Squad. 

What all the kids are most looking forward to is watching and being ball person for the club’s own wheelchair international player and Paralympian Janel Manns, who will start her summer of tennis campaign in Queensland January 2 before heading to Adelaide, then Sydney. 

The club’s junior MLC Hot Shot players - Izach Dennis, Luke Wheate, Logan Atkins, Annie Rogers, Jackson Wheate, Riley Hughes, Rhyan Hudson and Piper Facer will take to centre on Thursday, January 10, showing off their skills to the crowd before the day’s first centre court match.

The juniors will also form a guard of honour for players as they enter centre court, along with visiting the players’ lounge, players’ tunnel and back warm-up courts looking for tennis stars.

So turn your television onto 7two from Sunday, January 6 and watch our local kids on court with the stars.

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