Caleb Maxted prepares to serve.
Caleb Maxted prepares to serve. Scott Powick

Maxted praises his coaches

BUDDING tennis ace Caleb Maxted says he owes his career-best form to his Terranora coaches.

The racquet whiz has become a competent all-court player under the tutelage of Joan Nichol and Grant Silcock, and said he owed his unbeaten run to the NSW Country crown to the veteran mentors.

“(Prior to her retirement in 2010) Joan was a huge help to me, working on my shots and helping me through tournaments,” Maxted said.

“And since Grant has come along everything about my game just keeps on improving.

“Grant's played on and coached tour players so I know I'm getting taught the best stuff.”

Silcock, 35, was a doubles specialist, winning a tour title in 1999, reaching a career high ranking of 89th – 536th in singles – in 1997 and earning almost $150,000 in prize money during his 14-year career.

Silcock has been coaching since 2006 but more recently taking over the reigns from Nichol at Tennis Terranora after moving from Brisbane to Currumbin early last year.

He helped guide Maxted to the NSW Country under-12 No.1 ranking with victories at the Champions of Champions in Grafton then Inverell, and to the NSW country crown without dropping a set.

However, returning from a two-month injury lay-off, the Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School student was beaten 8-5 by his city counterpart in the annual NSW City-Country clash as part of the Medibank Sydney International. Maxted, who first picked up a racquet aged two, said his serve and forehand have become particularly lethal in his time with Silcock, and he aims to play a similar style to Novak Djokovic.

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