Australian rankings for brothers
IT’S not often that older brothers try to play catch up with younger siblings but in the case of tennis brothers Dylan and Matt Thompson it’s true.
Younger brother Matt has held an Australian ranking for some time thanks to earning national rankings points in the lower age groups.
After recently earning his first national points, Dylan is expected to be listed on the Australian rankings list for the first time this week.
There’s still a large gap between the Thompson brothers and Aussie number one Lleyton Hewitt but every great journey begins with a first step.
The pair’s coach Allan Pade believes 13-year-old Dylan is starting to hit his straps now just as he predicted.
“Dylan has been different to Matt,” Pade said.
“Even in the under 10s Matt was very good but in Dylan’s case I told him that it wasn’t until he was about 14 or 15 that he would start powering along.
“He’s got a beautiful technique but he makes some costly unforced errors at the moment because of poor footwork or his choice of shot lets him down.
“Once we get that right he will come good fairly quickly.”
Pade believes there’s still room for improvement in the 11-year-old’s game as well.
“Matt’s always been consistent,” he said. “Now he’s going up from the under 10s to the 12s he’s going to have to pull his weight a bit to keep up with the older boys.”