Damian Phillips was thrilled with his wins at the Queensland Championships.
Damian Phillips was thrilled with his wins at the Queensland Championships. ROB WRIGHT

Local star meets Bernard Tomic

IT may be hard to believe but the biggest thrill that local tennis player Damian Phillips enjoyed at the weekend wasn’t winning two titles at the Queensland Tennis Championships.

The 21-year-old may have taken his two trophies to training at Westside Tennis Club yesterday but he was more excited talking about meeting Australian rising star Bernard Tomic.

“It was pretty exciting meeting him (Tomic) face to face and he was pretty genuine,” Phillips said.

“Winning both the singles and doubles were good but seeing Tomic face to face topped off the weekend.”

Phillips was competing in the inaugural Queensland Championships for players with an intellectual disability, where he claimed the singles title ahead of 16 other entrants.

When the right-hander made it through to the final he was drawn to play against his doubles partner, Senya Rudoy.

In the final, Phillips claimed the title 6-3 5-7 and then won the third set 11-9 in a super tie-breaker.

The two then combined to win the doubles final over Adrian Izurieta and Ashley Springett.

With one title already under his belt the star admitted he had some extra motivation in the doubles final.

“With the doubles I wanted to win that for him (Rudoy) so he got a trophy, too,” he said.

Next step is a similar event in Sydney where the hard work Damian has been doing with coach Alison Scott will hopefully pay off again.



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