Terranora junior tennis champion Caleb Maxted.
Terranora junior tennis champion Caleb Maxted. Blainey Woodham.

Juniors to serve up action

TWEED HEADS Tennis Centre will host the largest tennis tournament series for juniors in NSW tomorrow as the Medibank Junior Development Series begins.

With more than 80 round-robin tournaments, the Tweed Heads MJDS event is one of 16 in the North East region for 2011.

As the series progresses, players accumulate points with the goal of qualifying for the North East Champion of Champions event in June.

The top players from each region will progress to the Medibank State Final in Gosford.

Terranora juniors Caleb Maxted and Aaron Westerlund and Tweed Heads’ Grace Hyde have been identified as the ones to watch during tomorrow’s matches.

Grace believed she had a good chance of making the North East Champion of Champions event with the added advantage of playing the tournament at her home court of Tweed Heads.

“We’ll definitely have the advantage,” she said.

“I’ve been in it for the last four years so I think I have a good chance again this year.

“I have played against them all before, we’re all friends so it should be a lot of fun.”

Grace helped drive her team to a win at the Upper verse Lower tournament at Port Macquarie recently and is in good shape to keep up the winning streak.

Tennis NSW chief executive Glenn Tasker said the competition was the perfect platform for junior players to begin their competitive careers.

“The MJDS provides the link between organised competition and official tournament play,” Mr Tasker said.

“It is the most recognisable starting point for junior players looking to make their mark on the tournament scene and has been the platform for many juniors.”

“It allows first time tournament players the opportunity to play against their peers in a competitive environment.”



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