Ace: Caleb Maxted is doing the Terranora Junior Tennis Club proud, taking centre court at the Medibank International in Sydney this week.
Ace: Caleb Maxted is doing the Terranora Junior Tennis Club proud, taking centre court at the Medibank International in Sydney this week. Blainey Woodham

Maxted books berth with the stars

WITHOUT dropping a set, Terranora tennis ace Caleb Maxted booked his spot at this week’s Medibank International main event in Sydney.

Despite his formidable record, the 12-year-old prodigy will fly out tomorrow a little nervous ahead of his centre-court debut in Friday’s semi-final.

While the task at hand is nothing new to the NSW Country champion, he’s already getting butterflies about appearing before the largest crowd of his fledgling career.

Sydney’s Olympic Park Tennis Centre is expected to be at capacity (10,500) when Maxted makes his way down the tunnel toward Ken Roswell Arena and rapturous applause.

And as he acknowledges the generous crowd and makes his way to the players’ chairs either side of the umpire, he’ll soak everything up and take it all in.

For one day he won’t just be carrying the bags on to centre court for one of the men’s semi-finalists – he will be playing.

For now though he will have to settle for one of the supporter courts, when NSW Country battles its City counterpart as part of the festivities at the Medibank International.

“Caleb will be playing alongside the international players and hopefully have an opportunity to hit with the stars,” retiring Tennis Terranora coach Joan Nichol said. “It’s a great honour for Caleb and a just reward.”

Maxted secured his berth in Sydney and was bestowed the honour of bag boy after wrapping up the under-12 boys’ NSW Country title during a memorable 2010 campaign.

The campaign also saw the superstar qualify for Far North Coast at the Champion of Champions in Grafton, win through to the Northern NSW Champion of Champions in Inverell and progress to the Medibank State Titles in Gosford – all without dropping a set. Maxted also represented North-East NSW at the State Teams event in Bathurst and received the Tennis Terranora Junior Achievement Award for his exploits.



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