ON COURT: Roma State College's Martin Wallis approaching the net at the South West tennis trials in Roma.
ON COURT: Roma State College's Martin Wallis approaching the net at the South West tennis trials in Roma. James Liveris

Youngsters get a chance to play at Brisbane International

TENNIS: Young players from across the region battled it out on the courts not only for a position in the South West Team but also to play at the Brisbane International.

Roma and District Tennis Club hosted the regional playoffs on Wednesday, with school kids travelling from Roma and surrounds, including Injune, Teelba, Moonie, The Gums, Hannaford and more.

The kids played in three different ball compression levels - red, orange and green - with the top two schools across the divisions travelling to play in the breaks during the Brisbane International in January.

Tennis Queensland coach Jenny Hakl said the southwest district covered a huge area and it was fantastic to see a huge mix of boys and girls on the courts.

"The quality has been great but I'm more blown away with the fair play and sportsmanship,” Hakl said.

"The boys from Roma State College have shown exemplary court courtesy.

"Tennis Queensland's biggest passion is to give regional students the same opportunities that the metro kids get and that's why we are here today.

"For the two teams that make it through will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, they will get to play at Queensland Tennis Centre among the world's top female players and in front of huge crowds.”


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