Top tennis youngsters heading to Colac

MORE than 100 of the Colac region’s top young tennis players will converge on the city this weekend.

Colac Lawn Tennis Club will host its second major junior tournament of the summer on Sunday – the Junior Points Tournament.

Club president Mark Robinson said the event at the club’s Church Street lawn courts was likely to attract players from as far as Hamilton.

“It’s all going well, so far we’ve entries from Hamilton, Warrnambool, Camperdown and also extras that have come from Cobden – they’re all really supportive of the event,” he said.

“There are still entries available, it’s never too late for a local to enter.”

The event will be the club’s second junior tournament since hosting the Bulla Junior Round Robin which attracted about 50 Colac district players in November.

Robinson said he hoped to build on the event’s success.

“We really tried to target local players for the Bulla tournament and that’ll build up in future years,” he said.

“The one this weekend is a Victorian Country Tennis Association points tournament so we get players from surrounding districts.

“The players play for points which go towards their ranking.”

Robinson said he encouraged the club’s young players to get involved and test themselves against new players.

“It’s good for the kids to play against players from outside their area, you’ve got to push yourself to improve in a competitive sport,” he said.

“Playing against stronger competition, it improves your game.”

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