Norah Hegedus was competing in the Grafton Tennis Super10 series on Saturday. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
Norah Hegedus was competing in the Grafton Tennis Super10 series on Saturday. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

Tennis champ on the ball

TEN-YEAR-OLD Norah Hegedus was part of Team Federer/Williams in the recent Tennis Australia Super 10s finals played at Grafton City Tennis Club.

The Clarence Valley Anglican School student's love of tennis stems right back to watching her brother as a four-year-old.

Coached by Phil Beckman, these days she also trains with the best and was handpicked to attend camps run by Evonne Goolagong winner of seven Grand Slam titles in the 1970s.

WEX sports editor Kirsten Kemp met with Norah to found out more.

KIRSTEN KEMP: How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

NORAH HEGEDUS: I started in Kindergarten, so I was four.

KK: What got you into it?

NH: I wanted to play because (older brother) Jacob did it.

KK: How many competitions have you played in and how did you go?

NH: I don't remember how many because I have played in too many. But I have come top five in all of them and played in Medibank competitions, Anglican schools and Evonne Goolagong state camps.

KK: Do you have any competitions coming up?

NH: I'm going to a Brisbane tournament soon and I am playing with Eli Bayliss.

KK: Do you have any special training routines?

NH: I don't really have any special ways of training. I just try my hardest when I train. We always play games like rotation and two by two, which is fun.

KK: What has been your favourite part about playing tennis?

NH: My favourite part is travelling. The furthest I have been is Melbourne and I've also been to Sydney and Brisbane. I like to see all the new places.

KK: Do you enjoy any other sports?

NH: Yes, I really like playing hockey and I like swimming too. But I don't play them on weekends.

KK: Do you have any famous tennis players you look up to?

NH: My favourite girl is Serena Williams because she plays really hard and she is really good. My favourite boy is Roger Federer because he is sponsored by Nike and I want to be sponsored by Nike too.

KK: The Super 10s finals in Grafton were cut short when the storm hit on the weekend. Were you disappointed you could not complete your matches?

NH: Yes, I was disappointed because I was winning. But I was also glad because it was really hot!

KK: Could you see the storm coming or did it just hit the tennis courts suddenly?

NH: We saw it coming and it hit really hard when it came.

KK: You went to Evonne Goolagong's tennis camp in Sydney recently. How was that?

NH: It was fun because I got to meet people that I knew but had never talked to before and Evonne's husband Roger got to teach me some new stuff.

KK: Do you think going there improved your skills?

NH: Yes, I'm much better at serving and volleying now.

KK: Are there more camps you will go to in the future?

NH: I'm going to Evonne's national camp in Melbourne when I'm 12. I'm not allowed to go until I'm 12, but I am very excited!



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