Local youths charge on in Sydney
GRAFTON’S Georgia Allen and Darcy Martin joined 30 of the nation’s best young tennis talents in the 2010 Medibank Challenge in Sydney this week.
The duo were part of the Country NSW side which battled Metropolitan Sydney during the event, which ran on the same six courts at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre that hosted the Medibank International.
Allen and Martin joined Renee McBryde and Kaitlin Stynes in the under-10 squad.
Participants played in a series of singles, doubles and mixed matches with each squad’s points accumulating for their side.
While it was the city-slickers that took the title, Grafton Tennis Centre’s Phil Beckman lauded the effort of his star pupils in even reaching the event.
“They are both very talented players,” he said.
Tennis NSW CEO Glenn Tasker highlighted the importance of the tournament in the development of junior stars.
“The Medibank Challenge provides these young, talented players with a unique opportunity to play competitive matches in the middle of an international event,” he said.
Tasker also ‘hoped the experience inspires the participants to strive to reach their potential and perhaps compete in the Medibank International Sydney in the future’.
Medibank Private managing director George Savvides echoed Tasker’s thoughts.
“We love being involved with junior tennis across towns and cities in NSW and it goes hand in hand with promoting a healthy lifestyle,” he said.
“Wouldn’t it be great if these youngsters are playing tennis well into their old age.”