Clay target: Coffs Harbour Tennis Club coach Danny Souza is taking a team of talented players to Spain
Clay target: Coffs Harbour Tennis Club coach Danny Souza is taking a team of talented players to Spain

Coffs tennis juniors head to Spain

WITH the experience of watching the best play on clay courts during the French Open at Roland Garros, some of the best local junior tennis players have made the trek to Spain to try and emulate the deeds of their heroes.

Coffs Harbour Tennis Club coach Danny Sousa is taking the small squad over as he further improves his coaching credentials.

“I’m taking a team of six boys to Spain to train on the clay and to play tournaments,” Sousa said.

“The clay slows the ball down and makes it bounce higher than the boys are used to, so watching the French Open and tactics that the world’s best players use was very important for not just these guys, but all of our players.”

Australia has just completed its own mini-clay court season with the Queensland Festival of Tennis in Ipswich.

The event encompassed the Optus 12s National Claycourt Championships, Optus 14s National Claycourt Championships, Gallipoli Youth Tennis Cup, Ipswich ITF Junior Grade 4 event and the City of Ipswich Tennis International.

Sousa could well have players in contention for the next lot of junior nationals, the Optus 12 and 14 Winter Nationals, to be held in Queensland from July 5 to 10.

“We train players like Callum Neal, Alek McKenzie, Rhys Becarris, Harry Lombe and Will Berrigan, who are all in and around the top 10 in the state for their ages,” Sousa said.



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