SOME of the region’s fastest rising tennis stars have excelled at a recent grass court tournament in Shepparton.
Northwest Tennis Academy's Kaecia Beattie, Zach Adams and Connor Guest shone throughout the tournament, progressing to the finals in their respective categories.
For Beattie it was double the joy as she took out the under-16 women’s doubles and under-15 mixed doubles, alongside Adams, while also finishing runner up in the under-16 women’s singles.
The joy for the club continued as Guest also went deep into his tournament, claiming the under-12 consolation runner up trophy.
Northwest Tennis Academy coach Jarrod Campbell said the tournament was a “wonderful experience” for the trio.
“I think the guys adapted to the conditions really well and considering they were up against some of the best junior players in the country it’s a massive effort,” Campbell said.
“The natural grass surface is something that these guys haven’t really played on before, but I think they did an excellent job.”
There will be little rest for the Tamworth trio, as they prepare for an action packed grass court tournament in Albury. “It should be really good all around test for them,” Campbell said.
“All told we have three consecutive tournaments, the first was here in Shepparton, the second is in Albury and then we finish up with another grass court tournament in Wodonga, which wraps up on January 15.
“Not only will their skills be tested but also their endurance and fitness given the weather is expected to be extremely hot.
“So it is going to be an exciting test for them but I’m pretty sure they are up to it and will take a lot out of it.”
- The players will return following the completion of the tournament in Wodonga on January 15.