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Hunger remains after tennis season

LUKE Gerry capped off a highly successful year receiving the Tournament Player of the Year at the Bundaberg Junior Tennis annual presentations and family Christmas party.

He has classified this as his most successful year, making the Queensland Secondary Schools, breaking into the senior Futures tournament and grabbing a chance of a lifetime to train at all-time great John Newcombe’s tennis academy in Texas.

He has set a precedent to the association’s younger players of how they should train.

While the main competition for the juniors is now completed, this is the last week of training this year for all players.

Luke will continue his six-hours-a-day training in Texas for another week, coming home for Christmas before setting his sights on the tournament in Brisbane over the summer holidays.

Isabella Spring has secured enough points from the Queensland Primary Schools win in Adelaide (third successive Queensland team to win the nationals) and good showings at two state age events, to allow her to qualify for the 12-and-under national titles in Melbourne next week.

She was able to spend three days in Brisbane attending a development training camp with 23 other leading players under the watchful eye of former Australian Davis Cup player Scott Draper. This has given her a indication of what she can work on.

Federico Keil came back from the State of Origin tournament pumped with his results, able to mix it with the New South Wales players despite injuring his knee on the second day.

Kevin Banner — Bundaberg Junior Tennis coach

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