Rising tennis stars take a shot at National Championships

Queensland’s top two under thirteen tennis players and Sunshine Coast Grammar School students, Connor McEvoy and Aiden Serifovic have been selected for the U13 National Boys Tennis Camp ‘Doubles the Australian Way’ in Sydney beginning Tuesday, 1 March 2022.

The five-day event organised by Tennis Australia forms an integral part of the Australian 2023 U14 Junior World Team Championship selections.

Head Tennis Coach at Sunshine Coast Grammar School, Mr Clint Fyfe is thrilled for Connor and Aiden on their selection and believes it will be an opportunity for the boys who are playing exceptional tennis.

“It is great for Connor and Aiden to be rewarded for their hard work and improvement. The boys are excited to get together with the other leading players in Australia as there haven’t been many opportunities for them to train and compete at a National level the last couple of years due to Covid,” said Mr Fyfe.

The National Camp coincides with the Australian Davis Cup tie against Hungary, where both players will have the opportunity to interact with the Davis Cup Team and take inspiration from their matches.

Year 8 student and current number 1 U13 tennis player in Queensland, Connor McEvoy is most looking forward to “seeing the professional Australian players train and compete, especially Alex de Minaur and Thanasi Kokkinakis. I want to learn from them and improve my doubles skills,” said Connor.

Aiden is also looking forward to the opportunity. “I am excited to be chosen and to have the opportunity to play alongside the Davis Cup team. My dream is to one day be part of the Australian Davis Cup Team.”

A large emphasis will be placed on learning doubles formations, skills and tactics as well as highlighting the importance of creating authentic bonds with people from all different parts of life.

Holding the Camp in conjunction with the Davis Cup tie provides an opportunity to observe the importance of peer connection within tennis.

“I hope the boys enjoy the team aspect of the camp and have some good stories to tell their Grammar tennis mates when they return. Connor and Aiden are great role models in our coaching program, and I can see their success inspiring our other players to follow the same path,” said Mr Fyfe.