Rhys Johnston, ranked 67 for his age in Australia, serves up a big one.
Rhys Johnston, ranked 67 for his age in Australia, serves up a big one.

Baylis aces

THE Baylis Tennis Academy is currently bouncing after the latest national rankings were released last week.

The academy, which is based at Sawtell under the watchful eye of its highest-ranked player Eli Baylis, currently has 23 players with Australian rankings. Of these 23, 11 are the top 11 male players on the Coffs Coast.

On top of this Alex Studley (ranked 826) and Christie Haisman (ranked 1091) are two of the top four female players in Coffs Harbour.

Baylis is currently ranked 343 in Australia, but he was quick to point out that the list of players with rankings is growing each month when a new list is published.

Rhys Johnston is currently ranked 727 overall in Australia but is also ranked 67 for his age in Australia.

“Rhys has been in great form this year, recently winning back-to-back National Points Events in Miami and Tweed Heads,” Baylis said.

Another player that the Sawtell coach is extremely proud of is 13-year-old Patrick Coates-Beadman.

Coates-Beadman joined the Baylis Tennis Academy from Collombatti only five months ago but the talented youngster is making giant strides with his ranking.

“He’s training with some of the best juniors in the region in our Wednesday Elite Training Squad and Patrick’s ranking has jumped from 2617 five months ago to his current ranking of 854 and he now sits at 41 in Australia for his age,” the coach explained.

The biggest climber of the Baylis Tennis Academy rankings is Dion Delevante who climbed a massive 611 spots from last month’s rankings release to now be ranked 2669.

Large jumps in rankings have not been anything too unusual this year at Sawtell.

Bill Childs has jumped more than 1000 places since August and the 14-year-old now holds a ranking of 1512 in Australia which puts him at number 11 in Coffs Harbour.

Matt Allen is another to make a giant leap in 2010.

He has produced an outstanding year with consistent performances in each tournament that he’s played in.

Allen started out the year with a ranking of 1335 and currently sits at 515, meaning that Allen and his coach have achieved the goal set out at the start of the year for him to fall within the top 1000 in Australia.

The goal for Allen in 2011 is to work toward getting closer to the top 100 in the country.

As the 2010 tennis year wraps up, Baylis is looking forward to more outstanding results in 2011.

“The main goal for 2011 is for the current players with rankings to climb even further and to have more players gain Australian rankings,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to when I have 20 players or more ranked within the top 1000 in Australian which will create a greater training base in Coffs Harbour.”


The top 11 male tennis players on the Coffs Coast

343 Eli Baylis

485 Adam Berrada

515 Matt Allen

727 Rhys Johnston

817 Callum Neal

854 Patrick Coates-Beadman

1068 Matt Innes

1120 Alex Raven

1150 Brodie Wood

1334 Mitch Dunn

1512 Bill Childs

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