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Young stars brush up their serves

NICHOLAS Fowles can now do some shots like his hero, world number-one tennis player Rafael Nadal.

The seven-year-old Theodore boy was given some pointers at a coaching clinic held at the town's tennis courts recently.

Fowles, a Nadal fan, said he was especially glad that he'd been given some tips on his volley.

Gladstone-based tennis coach Rob McBean, who ran the clinic, helped him with his forehand, backhand and serving as well.

Teenager Jake Pressey said the clinic was “pretty good” and he learned a lot.

Pressey, 14, said he was able to improve his serve and backhand shots.

“It was good that everyone was kept on the court - there was no sitting around.”

Motley brothers Joshua, 11, and Rashun, 7, are both eager to continue coaching and continue to improve their skills.

Joshua said that his serve was improved by learning to use his wrist, while Rashun honed his volley skills.

The boys' sister, Gyselle, 14, brushed up on her forehand and backhand technique, and also concentrated on her ball toss during serving.

Gyselle, who has been a member of the tennis club for about five years, said her idols were Nadal and fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

Thirty-nine very enthusiastic children aged between five and 14 took part in the two-day coaching clinic.

Theodore Tennis Association's junior liaison officer, Kate Mooring, organised the weekend.

McBean said he was very impressed with the talent of the children, and told everyone how much he'd enjoyed coming to Theodore.

“While teaching skills is important, tennis should be fun for children,” he said.

The club hopes to continue junior coaching on a monthly basis, along with starting junior fixtures in the near future.


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