Fab five: Rhys Johnston, Matt Allen, Eli Baylis and Jarred Hall from the Baylis Tennis Academy at Sawtell.
Fab five: Rhys Johnston, Matt Allen, Eli Baylis and Jarred Hall from the Baylis Tennis Academy at Sawtell. Submitted

Baylis Tennis Academy ranks well

WHEN the latest Australian tennis rankings were released in early May, the Baylis Tennis Academy based at Sawtell had an amazing 17 players with Australian rankings.

Of the17 players, there were eight male players who are in the top 10 players in Coffs Harbour with five of them being Coffs Harbour’s best, a fact that club coach Eli Baylis is extremely proud of.

There are six local girls who currently hold an Australian ranking and Baylis admits he’s just as proud that three of those come from his club.

Alex Studley holds a ranking of 897 in Australia, with Kelly Armstrong coming in at 999 and Christie Haisman at 1506.

It is having the top five players on the Coffs Coast though that is the big ticket item at Sawtell with Adam Berrada, Eli Baylis, Jarred Hall, Matt Allen and Rhys Johnston filling rankings positions one through five.

Berrada is the top ranked player in town with the 21-year-old currently enjoying a national ranking of 448.

This figure is a jump of 176 places from last month.

Berrada is currently based in Lismore for university, but has been a major part of the Baylis Tennis Academy since the age of 12 as a player and a coach.

Baylis, who is the head coach of the Baylis Tennis Academy, has seen his ranking jump up 137 places in the last month to number 535.

Hall has the biggest scope to see his ranking climb quickly over the next few months and it’s not because he’s only 16-years-old and ranked 746 in Australia

The local talent is currently ranked number 746 in Australia even though he has been out for much of the past eight months with a back injury. A speedy charge up the rankings is expected when he returns as he has no points to defend in the period he has been away from the game.

Baylis believes Hall is one of the most naturally talented players he has worked with and believes Jarred can make it as high as he wants in the Australian rankings, possibly even into the top 100.

Another 16-year-old, Matt Allen, has raced into the top 1000 players in the country for the first time, which was a goal he set out to achieve by the end of the year.

Achieving his goal a little earlier than expected means Allen and Baylis will have to set some new, more ambitious goals to be achieved by the end of 2010.

The baby of the group has seen his ranking rise a massive 668 places and now the 14-year-old Johnston is ranked at 1187.

Johnston achieved some great results through April and May in both singles and doubles, hence the massive jump in rankings and he is assured of moving up into the top 1000 when the next set of rankings are released.

Johnston partnered up with fellow Sawtell player Brodie Wood to take out many doubles matches, making the semi-finals or better in the last four national points tournaments.

Wood was classed as one of the biggest movers when it comes to Australian rankings, going up a huge 831 places in one month and is now currently ranked 1423 in Australia and seven in Coffs Harbour.

Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur are both currently ranked number 1 in Australia, so you can understand why Baylis is very proud of the great achievements his players have gained and is looking forward to seeing where the rankings are at when they come out later this month.

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