Nikita Avery and Georgia Allen get set to take on the state’s best junior tennis players in Bathurst.
Nikita Avery and Georgia Allen get set to take on the state’s best junior tennis players in Bathurst.

Hot shots set to take on Bathurst

WATCH out Bathurst – fast-paced fun is heading your way and it’s not in the form of a V8.

While the region is more accustomed to motorsport fun, two Clarence Valley tennis stars will get the chance to show they too can be heart-pounding.

Nikita Avery and Georgia Allen will head to the famed town for this weekend’s under-12 Medibank Teams Championships.

Held at Bathurst Tennis Centre on Saturday and Sunday, the event will include players from all over the state in one of the most prestigious tournaments around.

The pair will represent North East Tennis region, which ranges from Tweed Heads in the north to Forster in the south.

Two fellow locals will join Avery and Allen to form the North East team.

Selection in the squad came on the back of some strong domestic form in NSW tournaments.

Avery, from the Junction Hill Tennis Club, and Georgia Allen, Grafton City Club, will be joined by Junction Hill’s Nick Crispin who has been invited to manage the boys team playing in the same tournament.

Meanwhile Crispin’s club is producing the next generation of stars by jumping onboard Tennis Australia’s official kid’s starter program – MLC Tennis Hot Shots.

The program, which is run on Fridays starting March 5 from 4-5pm, is for children under the age of 12 and provides a fun, friendly environment where children can get involved.

The program uses low compression red, orange and green modified tennis balls, smaller racquets and courts and is designed to get children playing the game and having fun from their very first session.

Former world No.8 and Australian favourite Alicia Molik has thrown her support behind the MLC Tennis Hot Shots program.

“One of the most important things for kids is trying new sports and having fun right from the word go,” Molik said.

“Using the modified equipment makes it easier for beginners to start playing the game, and it is a great way to introduce kids to tennis.

“I wish MLC Tennis Hot Shots was around when I was starting out, and I have no doubt it will help inspire our tennis stars of the future.”

The program is recommended as the ideal development pathway by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and enables children who are not yet able to play on a full size court to play against others at a similar standard.

More than 50,000 children are involved and enjoying the experience of tennis for the first time.

Contact Darren Crispin on 66425732 or 0419831023, or visit www.tennis.com.au/mlctennishotshots.



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