BROTHER and sister tennis enthusiasts Mauhan Dass (11) and Yuvna Dass (9) of Willetton are making a name for themselves on the court.
Mauhan and Yuvna are dedicated to their chosen sport and practice at Bull Creek Tennis Club three times a week.
Their father, Cris Dass, recently nominated his children for Community Newspaper Group’s Local Sports Stars awards.
Mauhan, who has been playing tennis for six years and competing in tournaments for two years, has been clocking up single wins. And his sister Yuvna, who started playing at five, has been winning tournament doubles matches since 2015.
Both aspire to play professional tennis.
The Dass children have won about 20 trophies between them for their tennis acumen with Yuvna recently winning the Busselton Junior Open under 12s doubles tournament.
Mr Dass said his son’s interest in the sport was sparked four years ago after watching tennis star Andy Murray play Japan’s Kei Nishikori at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
From then on Mauhan and Yuvna, who followed her brother’s lead, were hooked on tennis.
Mr Dass said Mauhan was twice one of the four best state players in the 10 years and under category for Tennis West’s Super 10s competition, which attracts the best young players in WA.
Last year he won the Kokkinakis Award for the best and fairest player as judged by the top 16 Super 10s male players in the state in his age group.
He said Yuvna captained division 5 of WA’s Orange Ball pennants and at age eight she played in division 1 of the 9-12 years Green Ball pennants.
Rather than playing games with the standard yellow ball, Mr Dass said that young players played with decompressed tennis balls coloured red, orange or green depending on their age and ability to assist in technique development.
“I think that their success so far can be attributed to parental support and also some quality coaches developing their game in the past two or three years,” Mr Dass said.