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4 of Launceston’s brightest tennis prospects are gracing a Grand Slam venue this weekend. Below-12s Rebecca Clarke and Alex Martin and under-14s Arwen Koesmapahlawan and Jake Elmer are the Northern members of a 12-strong Tasmanian squad competing on the Australian groups championships at Melbourne Park. The Australian Open venue will see the highest three athletes from every age group play different states plus groups from China, Japan, Pacific Oceania and New Zealand from Friday to Monday. James Bolzonello coaches all 4 gamers by Tennis World, a division of Tennis Australia. “It’s my favorite occasion of the yr as a result of not solely is it performed at a Grand Slam venue however the Australian Open wildcard playoffs and 16s and 18s nationals are additionally happening,” he stated. “So they’re in a high-performance atmosphere and get to see what gamers are doing on and off the courtroom. “It’s a terrific alternative to play in opposition to a few of the finest children not solely within the nation however the world.” Bolzonello has excessive hopes for his younger costs. “We’re fairly aggressive however they are going to be challenged and hopefully they see it as a terrific alternative to higher their very own recreation and see the place they’re at. “Jake and Arwen have had a little bit bit extra expertise and this isn’t their first group nationals. They’ve each skilled it earlier than and know the place they’re at and are eager to problem themselves and see what outcomes they’ll get each for themselves and the state. “For Rebecca and Alex it’s their first nationals so a very nice alternative. They’re the highest within the state for his or her age and it’s a terrific problem forward for them to see what they should enhance on and the place they’re mentally, bodily and technically.”

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December 6 2018 – 10:12AM

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