TOP PLAYERS: Winners and runners-up of the JDS Tennis Circuit tournament in Roma.
TOP PLAYERS: Winners and runners-up of the JDS Tennis Circuit tournament in Roma. Alexia Austin

Kids vie for regional spots

Players travelled from across the southwest to compete in the Junior Development Series Tennis competition in Roma at the weekend, all vying for a regional representative spot.

Starting on Saturday, more than 60 junior hopefuls took to the courts to play in a series of round robin matches, with the winners progressing up the ladder.

The competition is the third in the nine-part series which is touring the south, with the top 16 players selected to travel to the championship round in Rockhampton later this year.

After more than 130 rounds of tennis, the top players for each age group competed in the final play-offs.

Operator of the Roma Tennis Club Dean Stansell said playing tournament tennis was essential for junior players to progress in the sport.

"This competition is a learning experience for the kids,” Stansell said.

"So far, the weekend has gone well and we have had a good turn-out.

"Part of learning to play tennis involves competing in the game - and that is what we have here today.

"The kids are learning essential competition skills, such as how to check into their games, how long matches go for and how to score the matches.

"We want to make sure the kids living in regional areas have the same opportunities as those living in the city.”

The eight Queensland regions will come together to compete in the final tournament in October.


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