Tennis: Nollamara club juniors picked to play for WA in National Bruce Cup

Cian Ingles and Kevin Herbert are off to a prestigious tournament.
Cian Ingles and Kevin Herbert are off to a prestigious tournament.

TWO of Nollamara Tennis Club’s most promising juniors are aiming to help WA score a top-three finish at a prestigious under-12s grass-court competition in October.

Kevin Herbert and Cian Ingles (both 11) were selected in a 14-member team for the School Sports Australia 12-and-under National Bruce Cup Tennis Championships to be held in Shepparton, Victoria from October 14 to 21.

The duo, who are ranked in the top four in WA for the 2005 birth year, will represent the state for the first time.

Kevin, a hard-court specialist, said earning selection was exciting and nerve-racking.

“This is my ninth year playing tennis,” he said.

“We have got the team events and we have the individual singles, mixed doubles and doubles.

“I think we can win or get top three.”

Clay-court player Cian said while he enjoyed playing singles, he was a good doubles player.

“I can play on any court, but I like the clay because of the sliding and making people run,” he said.

Nollamara-based Pro Edge Tennis Academy coach Phil Lamprecht said it was the first time in history that two Nollamara players had been selected to play in the Bruce Cup.

“There are players like Pat Rafter and Rod Laver who started at Bruce Cup, so we might see some of them on TV,” he said.

“I am originally from Germany, I grew up on the clay courts and I come from more of the European philosophy and I have tried to teach the boys that.

“Usually when you talk about Australian (tennis), WA is not the first ones that are mentioned… WA is doing quite well at the moment, it is very nice for us.”

Following the Bruce Cup, the duo will turn their attention to the December Showdowns to be played in Melbourne.