Luke Gerry is off to Texas to train at John Newcombe Academy with Queensland’s best juniors.
Luke Gerry is off to Texas to train at John Newcombe Academy with Queensland’s best juniors. Murray Wenzel

Gerry packs his bags for academy

THOSE 10 practice sessions a week must be paying off.

Luke Gerry is packing his bags for Texas on Thursday, after a prestigious invite to the John Newcombe Tennis Academy for three weeks.

The 17-year-old has achieved many things in his short career, but he says the significance of this is hard to beat.

“It’s exciting. I’m looking at a career overseas in the future so this will give me a perfect chance to see what it takes to make it professionally over there,” he said.

Not to mention the fact he will be under the watchful eye of Newcombe, the former Davis Cup captain and winner of 26 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles.

The academy is recognised as one of the finest tennis programs in the world and uses every aspect of tennis training to develop a player’s full potential, with a strong emphasis on match play and tournament competition.

The invitation came about after Gerry teamed with former world top 100 Gympie player Peter Tramacchi, who was impressed with what he saw of the Bundaberg star in May’s local Pro Circuit tournament.

Tramacchi hand-picked Gerry and the two have been training together ever since.

“He’s been great, as have Muz (Murray Whitbread) and Kev (Banner) and my game has improved so much since May,” he said.

“I didn’t really think about this opportunity until Peter just popped the question, but it could be the start of something.”

Bundaberg Junior Tennis coach Banner said Gerry’s Texas trip was a special achievement.

“To get the invite is a great sign,” he said.

“It’s a good reward for the improvement he has shown in his game. He is stronger, more agile, more versatile and is growing into the game.”



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