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Tennis talent Isabella catches Evonne Goolagong's eye

CATCHING the eye of Australian tennis great Evonne Goolagong with her ability on the court, Woolgoolga teenager Isabella Lovelock has shown she has plenty of talent.

The 13-year-old will this month continue her journey to the top when she attends the National Indigenous Tennis Camp in Melbourne.

It will be an incredible opportunity for the bishop Druitt college student as she trains with the nation's best coaches.

Running alongside the Australian Open, Lovelock will also have the chance to witness world champion players such as Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki.

Isabella's mother Karen Lovelock said she was proud of her daughter's achievements.

"Isabella has been only playing tennis for three years and she has come so far in only short period of time," Mum said.

"Isabella has always been a great athlete however she has developed a real love for tennis.

"This camp is a once in a lifetime opportunity and her father Ernie and I are both very proud."

A phone call from Evonne Goolagong was one of the highlights in a big 2012 for the talented tennis star.

"It is not often a legendary player calls your daughter," Karen said.

"We met Evonne after Isabella was invited to join a talent squad tennis camp in Grafton and she has been very supportive of all the players since." She said.

"We were all very excited to meet her and then for her to call Isabella and tell her she is selected for this development camp in Melbourne is extra special."

With a goal to one day become a professional tennis player Isabella is on the right path to making her dreams a reality.

Topics:  melbourne, tennis



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