Junior hot shots clash in Chinchilla for vital points
Tennis: Budding players from across southwest Queensland hit the court in Chinchilla on the weekend as part of the Junior Development Series.
Tennis Queensland representative Emma Creighton said the series was held throughout the year and consisted of eight legs hosted throughout the region.
"There was about 50 kids that played in the two day event,” Creighton said.
"We played about 150 matches over Saturday and Sunday.
"They're ultimately all competing for points to qualify for selection for the state finals in October in Rockhampton.”
Creighton said the tournament, which featured players from under-10s through to U17s, was a great platform for players in rural areas.
"We play as far west as Roma and St George and as far east as Pittsworth and Toowoomba,” she said.
"So the children travel from all those places to come and compete for the points.
"It's a stepping stone from club fixtures into a tournament type of competition.
"We're seeing kids who are very new to this type of competition... so it's great we can teach them and nurture them.”
The Chinchilla leg of the series put a twist on the tournament, as they grouped the boys and girls together in a mixed competition.
Ben Forbes took out the U17s, defeating Henry Reardon in the final 7-6, 2-6, 4-6.
Katie Creighton was the U15s champion after ousting Aaryan Nattuvetty 6-1, 6-1 in the final.
The U13s belonged to Hugh Faggotter after he beat Hayden Taylor in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.
The U10s and U11s divisions were taken out by Alexandria Gilmore and Riley Burns respectively.
The next event will be held in Pittsworth on August 25-26.