Tennis: Menora-based brother and sister continue to climb ladder with direct entry to Australian Junior Championships

Jerome Iaconi.
Shanelle Iaconi.
Jerome Iaconi. Shanelle Iaconi.

MENORA-based tennis champions Jerome and Shanelle Iaconi are continuing their rise to the top after direct entry to the Australian Junior Championships to be held at Melbourne Park next month.

Featuring the elite of Australian and international junior tennis players, the tournament is considered to be the pinnacle of junior tennis in this country.

Jerome (14) and Shanelle (12) have also been selected to represent WA in the 2016 Australian Junior Team Championships held at the same venue.

Jerome is ranked #1 in WA and #11 nationally, and Shanelle is #2 in the State and #8 in Australia for their respective age groups.

Both have played at have represented WA over the past two years.

In 2016, the Iaconis have played several interstate tournaments including the Bruce Cup in Albury, the Australian Clay Court Nationals in Canberra, and the Australian Grass Court Championships in Adelaide.

Jerome won all four WA State Gold tournaments this year, and Shanelle was recently offered a position in Tennis Australia’s National Academy.

They have been selected to play in two of the most prestigious junior tournaments in the country in December: the 2016 The Australian Singles Championships and representing WA in the 2016 Australian Junior Team Championships.

They are coached by Ian Ketteringham from their club, Alexander Park Tennis Club in Menora.