Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Young Australian Star Ready to Grow into Bigger Tennis Role

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Young Australian Star Ready to Grow into Bigger Tennis Role

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TENNIS: Junior Wimbledon champion Luke Saville's a fan of Lleyton Hewitt but he's built more like Novak Djokovic, or least he hopes to be in another year.

aI'm a good size. I may grow a little bit more which may mean a bit more power in my serve,a the 186cm South Australia said yesterday. aI've got to get stronger, fitter, faster.

aMy game is a big, aggressive game so I'm not going to be scooting around the baseline like Lleyton Hewitt. I'm going to be a lot bigger frame. I'm going to come to the net a lot more.

aIf I can get a little more mobile around the court, because I'm going to keep on growing, that would be a good achievement.a

Saville (pictured), who heads the field in this week's national under-18 championships in Melbourne, is chasing a place in the Australian Open in January.

But, at the tender age of 17, he knows it's not such an easy step from junior stardom to the big time.

Mentored by Todd Woodbridge and coached by Ray Ruffels and Des Tyson, Saville says a realistic goal is trying to repeat his junior Wimbledon triumph. …

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