Young guns come out firing

October 17, 2017

Jai Simmons was in red hot form yesterday celebrating a successful day on court.

NSW' Lexie Brown hit the sweet spot during her forehand winner yesterday.

Emma Xu is one of several budding stars hoping to take her game to the next level at the Bruce Cup.

Isabella Markovski prepares to lash a two-handed backhand down the line yesterday.

Shepparton could unearth the country’s next Mark Philippoussis or Pat Rafter at this week’s Bruce Cup.

The prestigious tennis event, which has been played since 1938, has budding stars battle it out representing their state in singles and as a team.

Reigning premier Western Australia got off to the best of starts during Sunday’s opening schedule, making light work of ACT.

Western Australia doubled the number of games won, winning 226 of the 333 on offer.

Meanwhile, Yarrawonga’s Jack Bassett, who represented Victoria, was beaten by Bobby Zhuo (South Australia) in the boys’ singles, however, he did taste some success in the mixed doubles.

Partnered with Emma Xu, the dynamic duo made light work of Zhou and Kristanna Giomaki to win the mixed pairing and School Sports Australia tennis national secretary Graeme Waight was thrilled with the talent on court.

‘‘It is a great tournament, it has been around for a long time and it is converted with plenty of history,’’ Waight said.

‘‘This year is no different, we have the reigning national clay court champion competing, so the pedigree is remarkably high.’’

All eight states and territories have brought a team of 14 (seven boys and seven girls) under-12 tennis stars to Shepparton to compete, hoping to unearth the next world number one.

‘‘The Bruce Cup has seen some remarkable players over the years, Rafter, Todd Woodbridge, Wally Masur and the like, so who knows, in 10 years’ time one of these kids may be mixing it on the biggest of stages,’’ Waight said.

Waight also thanked the weather god for its help in putting on such a clinic.

‘‘The courts are in great knick, there are about 120-odd people here and we have been spoilt with the weather,’’ Waight said.

However, we may have left our best until last with the Bruce Cup tournament expected to be held in South Australia next year.

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