Tennis ace eager to pull on the green and gold

Scott Jones will represent Australia at the World Universtiy Games. Photo: Andrew Ritchie.
Tennis ace eager to pull on the green and gold
Scott Jones will represent Australia at the World Universtiy Games. Photo: Andrew Ritchie.

HE has already rubbed shoulders with tennis legends, and now Scott Jones is targeting success on the world stage.

The Piara Waters resident will represent Australia at the World University Games in Napoli, which starts on July 3, competing in the men’s singles and doubles.

A University of Tennessee scholarship holder and former national under-18 champion, Jones got a taste of the professional life when he competed in the 2017 Australian Open qualifying round.

“It was surreal, walking in to the locker room and there’s Federer and Wawrinka and then Nadal walks in,” Jones said.

“There’s so much to take in. The preparation these top tier players put in is truly something else, it’s a big step up from juniors that’s for sure. The professionalism blows you away.”

Having previously been part of three international junior tours and played tournaments in Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Belgium and The Netherlands, Jones said it was an honour to represent his country again.

“It’s not something I was expecting, so to get the call up and be given the opportunity to the wear the green and gold again, it’s really something else,” he said.

“The event is very similar to the Olympics, people from all over the world come together to compete in a variety of sports.

“I grew up competing against and travelling with (World University Games teammates) Kody Pearson, Aleksa Cveticanin and Kaitlin Staines, so it’s really exciting to come together to represent Australia.”

The Australian squad’s coach David Hodge said Jones was an obvious inclusion for the Australian team.

“Scott has considerable experience representing Australia internationally at all levels and was an obvious selection based on his form for The University of Tennessee and his enthusiasm to don the green and gold.”