Young ace to hone skills in Sydney
BOOM Grafton youngster Bonne Moon has capped a meteoric rise by being handed a ticket for the biggest week of her fledgling tennis career.
The talented 11-year-old was one of four children plucked from a Tennis NSW regional forum in Coffs Harbour last weekend to travel to Sydney to further their tennis careers.
More junior players from across the state were also scholarship selections to head to Olympic Tennis Centre for a sneak peak at how the full-time state tennis squad ply its trade.
Moon has been playing for about four years and with second place at last week’s state championships in Bathurst in her keeping, the offer to tour caps a big year so far, according to her dad David.
“The idea is it’s a one-week invitation to go down to Sydney,” he says.
“It will be to see how the real elite 15 to 17-year-olds that are on full-time scholarships train.
“It’s just another way of broadening the kids’ views.”
Despite the prospect of the trip being the biggest week of her sporting life so far, Moon is undecided about where her future lies – but she has time on her side.
The Grafton City Tennis Club member has represented North Coast at hockey and has shown potential at both swimming and athletics.
“They (the scholarship winners) have been recognised that they’re reasonably talented,” David says.
“But she’s very good at a lot of sports. She hasn’t totally made up her mind that she will play tennis.
“She’s serious with it but she still sees it as a game of sport.”
David says his family must sit down in the coming months to decide when to head to the state’s capital.
It’s a level of patience that Bonne did not display after her selection.
“She was really excited,” David says.
“She wanted to get on the phone straight away and tell her mother.
“She is part of a strong group of girls in that age group around town.”
“She was really excited. She wanted to get on the phone straight away and tell her mother.”