BIG talent and big dreams ... Cody Atkinson will play in a special invitational event in Sydney during the 2008 Medibank Challe
BIG talent and big dreams ... Cody Atkinson will play in a special invitational event in Sydney during the 2008 Medibank Challe

Cody serves notice - potential top-10 player on court

Cody is one of only eight 10-year-old boys from around NSW chosen to play in a special invitational tournament at the Sydney Olympic Tennis Courts in January during the 2008 Medibank Challenge. A student at the Banora Point Primary School, Atkinson, 10, has only been playing tennis for two years, first picking up the racquet when he was eight. "I grabbed a racquet and just liked hitting the ball, and ever since, I have loved the game," Atkinson said. Coach by Paul Shacklock, Atkinson has already made a name for himself in the Tweed District Tennis Association's pennants competition for juniors, playing for his club side the Kirra Aces against children 13-17 years old. The youngster has an impressive record, proving that his stature is no indication of his ability. He has yet to be beaten in his singles matches. After shining for the North East team and division in tournaments across the state, Atkinson will be one of four boys to represent the country in a clash against a city side prior to the semi-finals of the Medibank Challenge in Sydney. There will also be City-Country challenges between girls' under-10s sides and boys' and girls' under-12s teams. Not only will he have the opportunity to play on an international-class court, organisers are also working on the youngsters getting to meet some of their tennis heroes - in Atkinson's case Lleyton Hewitt and Rodger Federer. Each child will also receive four tickets to the semi-finals of the %Medibank Challenge, one of the major lead-up events to the Australian Open. With Cody having come such a long way in the sport in such a short time, those who know him would not be surprised to see him up there on the major stage one day. And that is his dream. "I would really like to be in the top 10 in the world some day," Cody said. In the meantime, proud parents Geoff and Cindy Atkinson have been pursuing sponsorship to ensure their son's promising tennis career continues to flourish. Anyone interested can contact Cindy on 0431 313 579.



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