Englands Park tennis player Damian Phillips claimed three gold medals while representing Australia.
Englands Park tennis player Damian Phillips claimed three gold medals while representing Australia. Brad Greenshields/Coffs Coast Ad

Golden boy’s big plans and bright future

AFTER coming home with a swag of gold medals from the United States, there’s no wiping the smile off Damian Phillips’ face.

He returned from the INAS Tennis World Championships in Delaware with golds in men’s doubles, mixed doubles and the overall team event in the tournament for para-athletes with an intellectual disability.

While thrilled with each one of the three medals, it’s obvious that the Englands Park member cherishes the most his men’s doubles medal won alongside best friend Archie Graham.

The pair have been playing with and against each other for many

years and the results from these championships sees them ranked as the best doubles pairing in the

world.

Damian is also ranked number one in mixed doubles with Kelly Wren while his singles ranking also received a boost with him now moving up to number five in the world.

While the results suggest a walk in the park, Damian said he and his teammates were forced to work hard.

“It’s a little bit tougher. Melbourne (the Australian Open) is good but then the world championships is a little bit tougher because you’ve got the countries sending the best of what they’ve got,” he said.

Still working hard at Englands Park where he’s started down the path of being a coach himself, Damian is working on his game under the watchful eye of his long time coach Tony Polack.

The pair have got the big goal in mind as they prepare for Damian to head to Melbourne in January for the Australian Open.

Beyond that he’s got his eye on making the Australian team next year which will be competing in England.



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