Kym Ireland and Warren Arnell will represent the state in Newcastle as part of the Queensland Tennis team.
Kym Ireland and Warren Arnell will represent the state in Newcastle as part of the Queensland Tennis team. Craig Warhurst

Senior tennis stars take on nation

OLDER tennis players may not hit the ball as hard but they are lot smarter, according to veteran tennis players Warren Arnell and Kym Ireland.

And they should know; the pair is ready to take on the nation’s best, after being selected in the Queensland tennis team.

Arnell was selected to captain the over 45s men’s team, and Ireland will captain the women’s 35 to 40 team, despite being aged 47.

The pair says tennis is in their blood, Ireland adding she loves the training. “It hurts, but we love the pain,” she said.

“Tennis keeps us fit and we get to see some good places and meet some nice people.”

She said playing in the younger age group isn’t necessarily harder.

“The younger teams are actually easier than the older teams,” she laughed. “But it is still tough.”

Arnell said he had represented Queensland since Primary school and loved the game.

The pair was selected for the Queensland Team after nominating themselves.

Arnell said the selectors look at player’s current form from recent tournaments, before picking the best six players.

The teams carnival hits off on January 9 in Newcastle, then Ireland will hang around for the singles carnival and hopes to regain her spot in the national team.

During March and April this year, Ireland flew to Mexico as part of the Australian team. She said the team didn’t do that well, finishing ninth, but individually she won the consolation final, and a bronze medal in the doubles.

Currently, she is ranked third in the nation, and 31st in the world for her age group. She hopes to play for Australia in Christchurch next year.

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