Tennis players have hit for points

YOUNG tennis players eager for national points fronted up for the Optus Junior Tour two-day event held at the Gladstone Tennis courts earlier this week.

The courts were brimming with kids in under-10s through to under-16s taking the opportunity to have a hit of tennis during the school holidays under clear skies.

About 30 local players joined in with others from across the region in the round robin format, and players who accrued points had a chance to improve their ranking in the sport.

Brandon Schultz cleaned up at the two-day event, winning the under-12s singles and pairing up with Jayden Court to win the doubles in the same age group. Although they paired up well in the doubles, it was Court who went down to Schultz in the singles final.

Gladstone’s Dayle Mitchell took out the under-16s girls, while Andrew Jones from Rockhampton won the boy’s side of the draw.

The diminutive Jack Smith was victorious in the under-14s.

Gladstone Tennis Association coach Rob McBean said the tournament was being held for the first time in Gladstone and would become an annual event and was timed to provide players the opportunity to have a hit before heading to the capital.

"It’s a good lead up for the tournament in Brisbane coming up," he said.



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