Pair ready to serve it up at junior masters
THOMAS Llewellyn and Abhinav Singh both want to win the under-13 Gladstone Junior Masters tennis this weekend, and may end up having to knock each other out in the singles draw.
But the possible match-up is not causing any rifts between the mates who train together.
Instead, they are putting positive energy into the doubles draw of the competition.
The Gladstone pair will play together and have extra motivation going into the home event.
"We won the Biloela doubles and we have come second in a lot too," Abhinav, 13, said.
"To win at home, that would be just so good, really good."
Abhinav has also won two singles titles this year, the first of which was also in Biloela.
The thought of repeating the double has him excited.
But he will have to fend off Thomas, 12, who has just been to one of his biggest tournaments of 2015.
"I have changed a lot of my play and I was away at state trials last week," he said.
"For the Capricornia trials I was first and at states out of 48 I got 18th."
The pair has been playing together for just over a year, the combination getting better with more tournament play.
The Gladstone event seems to have come around at the right time too, two weeks after Abhinav won in Yeppoon and after Thomas has played a lot of tennis to get him into form.
The pair kicks off its campaign for home glory on Saturday morning, the event running for the whole weekend. Finals will be held from Sunday at lunchtime at Gladstone Tennis and Squash Centre.