The Lancaster kids (from back, left) Sam (8), Blake (12), Jessica (14) and Callum (16) and (front, left) Eli McDermott (11) and Jessica Tickle (14) love their tennis.
The Lancaster kids (from back, left) Sam (8), Blake (12), Jessica (14) and Callum (16) and (front, left) Eli McDermott (11) and Jessica Tickle (14) love their tennis. Marc Stapelberg

Family hits winning shot

ASK Lismore tennis player Jessica Lancaster if she can beat any of her three brothers in a singles match and she will have a simple answer for you.

"I can beat all of them," she says.

The Lancaster family have become regulars in the senior competition at the East Lismore Tennis Club on Saturday afternoons.

Jessica is joined by 16-year-old brother Callum and 12-year-old Blake.

Sam, eight, has also started playing and is proof that tennis can appeal to anyone between the age of eight and 80.

Jessica is coming off a bumper weekend that saw her finish runner-up in the 16-and-under girls at a North Coast junior development series tournament in Lismore on Sunday.

"My backhand is probably the best part of my game and I practise most days of the week," Jessica said.

"It's fun and I wouldn't mind going pro if I'm good enough. Sam Stosur is my favourite and I'd love to meet her one day."

Jessica has relished the chance to play in the Saturday afternoon competition at East Lismore.

"Playing seniors is fun. It's a bit daunting at first and I've played against people as old as 50," she said.

Graham, the father of the Lancaster kids, has also had the opportunity to play alongside his four children.

"It's a safe sport and the kids have enjoyed socialising with the adults," he said. "I play in a team with my two oldest boys and we have a lot of fun.

"The kids have been playing in the senior competition for two years now and at first I think people were a bit unsure about how they would go.

"My youngest has just started playing and the whole family has been received really well."

Other youngsters making their mark at the club are Eli McDermott and Jessica Tickle.

"We needed some youth at the club and Jess and Eli are very capable players," club spokeswoman Nerida O'Neill said.



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