TOP SHOT: Joey Roth in practice before the Junior Development Series tournament in Kingaroy. Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
TOP SHOT: Joey Roth in practice before the Junior Development Series tournament in Kingaroy. Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder

Kingaroy serves up new talent in tennis development series

TENNIS players had to contend with more than just the heat at the weekend.

The Kingaroy Tennis Club hosted the Sunshine Coast Junior Development Series third round, the first in more than 15 years.

Kingaroy's Joey Roth battled an opponent on the hard court in his first match.

"It was a struggle, I was a bit scratchy," Joey said.

The 16-year-old said he had only played on a hard court a handful of times and, in his first tournament, it proved more of a challenge.

"It's usually bouncier and faster," he said.

"It usually takes one or two games to get used to."

Joey lost his first match but carried on in the tournament, determined to show some improvement.

It was this drive Sunshine Coast participation leader for Tennis Queensland Nick Crispin was after.

Crispin said the tournament was designed to allow young players to get the best chance to get some tournament experience.

"It's called a junior development series for a reason, it's more about development (than winning)," Crispin said.

"We like to give them as many games as possible."

Crispin said this would hopefully boost both players' ability and confidence on the court.

This is particularly important for young players who hope to play in the state titles in Rockhampton later this year.

With the Sunshine Coast Junior Development Series made of nine rounds, the best two players from each age are picked to play in the state titles at the end of the series.

Crispin said he was impressed with 64 players who turned up to the Kingaroy tournament.

Winners

  • Mixed orange ball: Connor Mcevoy
  • Mixed green ball: Jade Hanan
  • Mixed red ball: Chantel Munt
  • U11 boys' singles: Luka Bosnjak
  • U13 boys' singles: Kai Bloomer
  • U15 boys' singles: Ethan Bosworth
  • U17 boys' singles: Harry Becht
  • U13 boys' doubles: Isaac King and Rafferty Noar
  • U11/13 girls' singles: Shari-Lee O'Mara
  • U13 girls' doubles: Britney Fallon and Makayla Hammermeister
  • U15 boys' doubles: Ethan Bosworth and Jack Mellish
  • U17 boys' doubles: Harry Becht and Jyoti Jakovickis
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