Players to take a swing at tennis trials

MEGAN Neville and Tommy Dews can’t quite agree on who is the best tennis player in the world, but the duo are on the same page when it comes to just how tough their next tennis foray is going to be.

The budding tennis aces are off to Newcastle in two weeks time to play in the Polding Athletics Trials.

For Neville and Dews, this year’s event will be the first time the pair have represented at such a level and having blitzed the field to take out the Western Area trials in Dubbo, both can’t wait for the opportunity.

A Roger Federer fan, Dews said it’ll be the toughest tennis he has played so far in his young career.

“But we’ve been practising a lot,” the 11-year-old Catherine McAuley student said.

“We’ve been coming here a couple of days and playing with our parents and hitting the ball, practising our serving and then we’re here at the clinic.”

A St Mary’s student, Neville was adamant Rafa Nadal was still the world’s best tennis player and said she’d turn to her serve to get her out of trouble against some tough opponents in Newcastle.

Like Dews, she’s looking forward to the challenge.

“Just playing the other girls and having the experience of playing against harder, more challenging players,” Neville said.

Orange Indoor Tennis Centre coach Chris Besgrove said Neville’s improvement in the space of 12 months has been drastic. 

“When she went to Dubbo last year she didn’t qualify. And to give you an example of how well she’s performed, this year she’s qualified number one,” Besgrove said.

“She’s understood this is tougher, I’ve got to try and she’s won it. 

“The improvement from Megan is huge.”

Besgrove anticipated Dews to do equally well.

“This was Tommy’s first time, so for Tommy to qualify too is a huge effort,” he said.

“They’re keen. They’re playing some local tournaments. The tennis on tele has revved them up.”

The pair head to Newcastle on Thursday for the Polding Athletics Carnival.

Play will begin on February 7.

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