Tennis talent time for young hopefuls


Rick Willsmore with Cian Ingles, Zach Melanie and Wayne McNicol (all 10), who are in the team going to the Super 10s competition.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie wwwcommunitypix.com.au d448353
Rick Willsmore with Cian Ingles, Zach Melanie and Wayne McNicol (all 10), who are in the team going to the Super 10s competition. Picture: Andrew Ritchie wwwcommunitypix.com.au d448353

NOLLAMARA Tennis Club player Cian Ingles (10) will represent WA at the Super 10s National Final in Melbourne later this month.

Fellow 10-year-olds Zach Melanie from Kwinana Tennis Club, Wayne McNicol from Wembley Downs Tennis Club and James Newton from Reabold Tennis Club will join Ingles at the final during the second week of the Australian Open.

Scarborough Tennis Academy director Rick Willsmore, who coached Team Federer during the Super 10s competition, has been selected to manage and coach the team.

The 2013 Tennis West Coach of the Year said the best 16 players were selected from the Super 10s competition and the top four selected for the final.

“It’s a great competition; the kids have on-court coaching and that doesn’t happen anywhere else,” Willsmore said.

“It takes them away from their clubs and puts them with the best players their age.”

Tennis Australia will introduce Super 8s next year.

Willsmore said he mainly coached junior players at Scarborough because “it’s my passion”.

The West Australian team will compete against each state and territory in a round robin competition from January 27-31.

“NSW will be hard to beat because population generally dictates level,” Willsmore said.