Jacob courts tennis skills
JACOB Guinea is a smash hit at the Murwillumbah Tennis Club.
The 15-year-old powerhouse served up a storm at the Junior Club Championships on Sunday, hammering every opponent en route to an epic grand final showdown.
Up against the rangy Moneet Singh, Jacob dug deep to take the deciding set 8-6 and secure the Division One title for 2009.
“It was a great feeling,” Jacob said.
“But I had to work hard for it, because it was a tough game.”
It capped a great month for the Mount St Patrick student, who took out the Division Two title at the Men's Club Championship on August 24, earning the right to play Division One in 2010.
Again he was pushed all the way by his more experienced opponent, eventually winning 6-5 after claiming the tie breaker 9-7.
Not a bad effort for a guy that only took up the sport two years ago.
“A friend took me along to a training session and I really enjoyed it,” Jacob said
“I like the people that play; I've made a lot of good mates and enjoy the challenge of playing adults.
“Everyone at the club thinks I'm doing really well and are impressed at how quickly I have improved.”
Now Jacob is tennis crazy, playing at least four times a week - at school, in lessons, at social nights and in competition.
It's a far cry from the seven years he spent playing rugby league in Murwillumbah as a hooker.
However just as he mastered his league, he intends to master tennis.
“It helps that I live a couple of hundred metres from the courts.”