Schoolkate ready for junior Wimbledon debut

Tristan Schoolkate.
Tristan Schoolkate.

DALKEITH Tennis Club State League player Tristan Schoolkate will make his debut at the Junior Championships held at Wimbledon from July 6.

The Scarborough resident will step on court at The All England Lawn Tennis Club with an ITF Junior career high ranking of 44.

Schoolkate could follow in the footsteps of newly crowned world number 1 Ashleigh Barty who won the Wimbledon junior event in 2011 when she was just 15 years old.

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The 18-year-old was singles champion at the J2 Prato in Italy where he beat number one seed Youcef Rihane in the semi final before going on to overcome Spaniard Max Alcala Gurri 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to claim the title.

The J2 Prato honour board boasts the likes of Roger Federer (1997) and Andy Murray (2003).

Schoolkate teamed up with fellow Australian Dane Sweeny in the A grade doubles in Italy where they won the final 6-4, 7-6 (3) over Thiago Agustin Tirante and Admir Kalender.

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The duo also won the doubles final of the J1 Nonthaburi in Thailand.

Schoolkate, who has played tennis since age four and trained with the National Academy, said playing at Wimbledon was a dream come true.

“I grew up playing on the grass at Claremont Tennis Club where my dad was the head coach and it was always a dream of mine to play at Wimbledon one day,” he said.