Australian teams have been named for the World Junior Tennis Finals Asia-Oceania qualifying event.
Australia, 17 March 2023 | tennis.com.au
Australia’s top 14-and-under junior tennis players will compete for a spot in the World Junior Tennis Finals at the Asia/Oceania qualifying event in Malaysia next week.
Australia will field three women’s and three men’s teams looking to qualify for the finals in the Czech Republic from August 7-12. A total of 15 countries will compete in the qualifying events with the top four teams going directly to the finals.
“It’s a great achievement to be selected to represent your country, at any level, and especially for our younger players,” said Tennis Australia Chief Strategy and Performance Officer Timothy Jolley.
“Wearing the green and gold is an opportunity to compete globally at the highest level and experience a new competitive environment.
“We wish all the players, Renee, Sara, Koharu, Cooper, Nikolas, Taiki and their coaches the best of luck in Malaysia.”
|World Junior Tennis (14/u) – Australian teams|
|Renee Alame, 13 (Sydney, NSW)||Cooper Kose, 13 (Melbourne, Vic)|
|Sara Nikolic, 13 (Perth, WA)||Nikolas Baker, 13 (Melbourne, Vic)|
|Koharu Nishikawa, 13 (Melbourne, Vic)||Taiki Takizawa, 12 (Brisbane, Qld)|
|Instructor: Jessica Moore||Instructor: Ben Pyne|
“We are really proud of the teams that were selected; all three girls have recent experience playing in Asia which helped prepare them for the conditions,” said Tennis Australia Manager – Tours, Camps and College Rohan Fisher.
“Additionally, Renee recently won her first junior ITF event in Malaysia which is an incredible effort for a 13-year-old and Sara Nikolic is the defending 14/u December Showdown champion.
“All three boys have also had recent international tour and competition experiences, Cooper is the top ranked 2009 birth year junior boy in Australia, and 12-year-old Taiki had a good result in December entering in the semifinals of the prestigious 12/u Orange Bowl in the US.
“We hope the team will do their best, compete their hardest and help Australia qualify for the finals to be held later this year.”
|World Junior Tennis Asia/Oceania Qualifying – Kuching, Malaysia|
|ITF World Junior Tennis girls’ qualifying: 20-25 March 2023|
|ITF World Junior Tennis boys qualification: 27 March – 1 April 2023|
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