Young tennis player Matt Thompson goes through his paces during practise at Westside this week.
Young tennis player Matt Thompson goes through his paces during practise at Westside this week. Trevor Veale

Thompson wins tennis scholarship

A WEEK of intense training at the Homebush Tennis Centre awaits Matt Thompson.

The 10-year-old has received a scholarship from Tennis NSW to receive a week of coaching after he impressed talent spotters and coaches at a North Coast Development Squad weekend.

Working under the watchful eye of State coach John Thompson and others has the classy junior excited as he can’t wait to get some additional feedback from other coaches.

The right-hander’s selection would come as no surprise to anyone who has been following Thompson’s results in the Medibank Junior Development Series which pits the best players in Northern NSW against each other.

Last weekend Thompson made it through to the semi-finals in the under 12 boys where he was taking on players almost two years older than he was and giving away plenty of size to his opponents.

Not that it’s an issue though.

The youngster isn’t the biggest boy in his age group but what the Coramba Public student lacks in size he certainly makes up for in talent and drive.

“We spoke to Matt’s mum and dad and suggested that he get some private lessons and he kicked on,” Pade said.

“When someone comes along you can tell that they’ve got talent and co-ordination and that there’s definitely something to work with but you can’t just be talented and Matt has also got the drive and dedication, the whole lot.”

Thompson has been training with Allan Pade at the Harbour Tennis Academy ever since the coach spotted him and his brother Dylan at a school clinic three years ago.

Since then the moments that Thompson hasn’t had a racquet in his hand have been few and far between.

When the Coffs Coast Advocate watched Thompson go through his paces during the week the young gun was whacking topspin forehands and backhands at his coach as he went through his paces at one of the three training sessions that he does each week.

He was hitting it well enough to show that a bright future in tennis might be ahead for him.



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