Nation?s top juniors take on the best local talent

LISMORE Tennis Club will host the Lismore Open Age Junior Championships from tomorrow.

The event is in its third year and is growing in stature among the nation's top juniors, who are striving for Tennis Australia national ranking points.

This year juniors have come from as far afield as Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria, with a strong turnout of Queenslanders, all wanting to improve their national rankings.

Tournament director Ken Wray is excited about the pros-pects of local players.

"There are a number of players knocking on the door at the elite level in this region, and they relish the opportunity of playing the best Aussie kids in their own backyard," Wray said.

"Rosie McWilliam and Ellie Wray are strong contenders in the 16 years girls, while Steven Gort and Nathan Moore will be competitive in the 16 years boys.

"Kristy Jones is competing in her final year in the 14 years girls and we are hoping she is ready to take the bull by the horns in her division.

"Bryce Devlin, Zac Lyon and fiery redhead Stella McWilliam are also expected claim scalps in the younger age groups.

"All these players have been working very hard to be at their best for the tournament ."

A feature of the 2005 championships will be the introduction of 19 years pro singles events for boys and girls.

There should be some great tennis from these players with some planning 12-month trials on the pro circuit next year.

The Age Championships is supported by the Lismore Workers Club and the Lismore City Council.

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