Locals make a racket at junior tennis champs

Far South Coast junior tennis stars (from left) Paul Warren, Aria Little and Pelenise Ofati all scooped up age championships at the junior development series tennis event in Ulladulla last weekend. Photos: Supplied.

Far South Coast junior tennis stars (from left) Paul Warren, Aria Little and Pelenise Ofati all scooped up age championships at the junior development series tennis event in Ulladulla last weekend. Photos: Supplied.

FAR South Coast junior tennis stars served up a dominant display at the junior development series tennis events in Ulladulla last weekend, winning half of the trophies on offer.

Bega’s Paul Warren was the under 15s male victor, while Pelenise Ofati did the Merimbula Tennis Club proud by being crowned the top female player in the same age division.

Fellow Sapphire Coast player Trent Little also made an impression in the under 15s, qualifying for the champion of champions event in Nowra, where the top three players in each age group will go on to play in the state finals in Sydney.

In the under 11s, Tura Beach’s Logan Staight took out his fourth tournament championship from just six starts, while clubmate Aria Little took out her third consecutive tournament in the corresponding girls’ event.

An impressive performance from eight-year-old Maka Ofati also got her as far as the semi-finals.

Maka now joins Logan Staight in Canberra for trials for the ACT Super 10 team, which plays on the outside courts at Melbourne Park during the Australian Open, in an interstate competition.

Sapphire Coast Tennis wishes to say a big thanks to all the local businesses who donated for their raffles, with the money raised covering entry fees for many of the tournaments the juniors have been playing.

They also wish to thank Anthea Parker, who has taken on the role of organising the fundraising.

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