Young star eager to emulate hero
WORLD number one Novak Djokovic is renowned for his hilarious send-ups of other tennis professionals.
Byron Bay 12-year-old Louis Clark would do well to do an impersonation of Djokovic, his favourite player, at the New South Wales Country Championships, which will be held at Inverell next month.
After all, Djokovic has claimed two grand slams so far this year.
“I like watching him play,” Clark said.
“I think he’s a good role model.”
Clark heads into the tournament after winning the Junior Development Series for North East.
Out of seven tournaments, he won six.
He then headed to Coffs Harbour and claimed the under-12 boys’ titles for the Tweed to Port Macquarie region.
Should he win in Inverell, he will head to the state championships in Gosford later in the year.
Clark said he started playing tennis as a four-year-old.
“I started playing in the garage with my Nan,” he said.
“She was a good player when she was young.”
The St Finbarr’s pupil graduated from the garage to the tennis court as an eight-year-old.
He is coached by Stephen Gort at Byron Bay and Ryan Kebblewhite at Pottsville.
Clark says he is a player that enjoys getting to the net as much as possible.
He also takes part in cricket, soccer, surf lifesaving, swimming, lawn bowls and golf.
“Tennis is my favourite,” he said.
“I guess I like it because there is a lot of running. I like running around.”
Djokovic is renowned for his speed around the court.
Who knows, maybe one day Clark’s impersonation of the world number one will lead to a grand slam appearance.