Ball in her court: Lily Pade is one of four eight-year-olds nationwide to hold a national ranking.
Ball in her court: Lily Pade is one of four eight-year-olds nationwide to hold a national ranking. Rob Wright

Lily makes the grade in rankings

BY claiming her first national ranking points last month, Lily Pade has joined a very exclusive club.

The bubbly tennis player is now the only eight-year-old in NSW to hold a national ranking and one of only four players her age who have a ranking nationwide.

There’s a long way to go before Lily, ranked now as the number 1881 female in the country, can challenge her tennis hero and national number one, Sam Stosur, but every great journey begins with a small first step.

“This year I’ll probably work on my serves and my footwork,” Lily said.

As the daughter of a tennis coach, Lily has been playing tennis since she was only one and is a regular fixture at the Westside club as part of the Harbour Tennis Academy that dad, Allan, runs.

Being so young, Lily often plays against girls who are 11 or 12 years old.

While admitting that ‘it’s a little bit hard’ taking on players who are bigger and stronger than her, she’s hoping that more rankings points like the ones she picked up in Lismore at an Optus Junior Tour event aren’t far away.



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