Primed to serve up their best in the Warwick Credit Union Southern Downs Junior Championships are (from left) Harry Benham from Karara and Ryan Moore and David Kern from Warwick.
Primed to serve up their best in the Warwick Credit Union Southern Downs Junior Championships are (from left) Harry Benham from Karara and Ryan Moore and David Kern from Warwick. JULIAN LUKE

Aces chasing points

THE next Sam Stosur or Lleyton Hewitt could be playing in Warwick this weekend as 185 of the best tennis players in the state descend on the Rose City.

Eight budding tennis players from the Warwick area will compete in the 2010 Warwick Credit Union Southern Downs Junior Championships in an attempt to earn state and national ranking points.

Warwick and District Tennis Association professional/tournament director Chris Hoffman said the players would come from across southern Queensland with some players even travelling from Grafton and Coffs Harbour.

Hoffman said the committee would meet tomorrow to assess the rain situation for the weekend and decide whether to still hold the tournament.

“We will make that decision on Thursday,” he said.

“If it is called off because of the rain, we are not sure at this stage if we will re-schedule it.”

Hoffman said it had been a long time since the tournament had been called off.

Under-10s, 12s, 14s and 16s will have the opportunity to compete with the under-14 event as part of the Optus Junior Tour Tournament which offers Australian ranking points.

The under-16s, including Warwick competitor Ryan Moore, will be competing for state ranking points.

This will be the fourth time 15-year-old Warwick State High School student Moore has competed in the tournament and he is hoping for a quarter-finals berth.

Moore’s career highlights include being the runner-up in the doubles at the Southern Downs Junior Championships three years ago and winning the Chinchilla Junior Masters in 2008.

Karara competitor Harry Benham is playing in the tournament for the second time.

He will be looking to better his previous best performance at the championships of runner-up in the doubles.



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