Louis Clark (12), of Byron Bay, is looking to qualify for the state championships in the upcoming months.
Louis Clark (12), of Byron Bay, is looking to qualify for the state championships in the upcoming months. Marc Stapelberg

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.



Accused priest denies child sex claims at trial

premium_icon Accused priest denies child sex claims at trial

Catholic priest is accused of abusing two boys in the 1980s

Fed up dairy farmer predicts demise of Aussie milk

premium_icon Fed up dairy farmer predicts demise of Aussie milk

"It won't be long before there are milk shortages”

Abnormally warm weather until until 2022

premium_icon Abnormally warm weather until until 2022

Experts weigh in on what this will bring

Local Partners