Gympie tennis junior Sophie Wright prepares to whip a forehand crosscourt during practice at the Reg English Tennis Centre yesterday.
Gympie tennis junior Sophie Wright prepares to whip a forehand crosscourt during practice at the Reg English Tennis Centre yesterday. Renee Pilcher

Juniors off to state championships

GYMPIE tennis aces Christy Scott and Sophie Wright represent the Sunshine Coast at the Queensland State Championships in Rockhampton this weekend.

The pair qualified to compete for the Sunshine Coast region in the state tournament after blitzing the Sunshine Coast Junior Masters Circuit.

The Sunshine Coast Junior Masters Circuit came to a conclusion last month in Caloundra and both amassed enough points to finish top two in their respective age group and earn selection.

Gympie and District Tennis Association coach Brett Cottrill said the pair had done well to qualify.

“They’ve both played some really great tennis during the Sunshine Coast Junior Masters Circuit,” he said.

“Playing state will be a test for them as the Sunshine Coast representatives play some of Queensland’s best players from other regions.”

Scott will be playing in the Girls 15 and Under age group while Wright will play up an age group in the Girls 17 and Under.

Cottrill said Wright chose to play up an age group after being given the opportunity due to player numbers.

The talented young player was not feeling daunted at the prospect of playing up and age group.

“It will be a good challenge against the older and stronger players,” she said.

“My hope is to get through a few of the earlier rounds and anything from that will be a bonus.”

Wright was busy applying the final touches to her game at the Reg English Tennis Centre yesterday.

To help her combat her older competitors, Wright, a right-handed player, has been putting in the hours on the court to boost her weaponry.

“I’ve been working on my topspin forehands, and my best shot would be forehand crosscourt,” she said.

With added topspin, Wright hopes to be able to force her opponent back deep into the court, opening up more angles during rallies.

Both Scott and Wright are two of Gympie’s leading junior tennis players.

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