Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

BUSY BRAUND ENDS ON A HIGH; Rising Maryborough Star Finishes Successful 2016

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

BUSY BRAUND ENDS ON A HIGH; Rising Maryborough Star Finishes Successful 2016

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Byline: Matthew McInerney Matthew.McInerney@apn.com.au

HE IS one of the Fraser Coast's brightest talents.

Rising tennis ace Alec Braund just finished what is arguably his best year yet.

A Rod Laver Championship in Brisbane, a national clay court title in Canberra, Queensland's number one player as it defended its Bruce Cup title in Albury, and all while maintaining the country's number one ranking in the 12 and under age group.

The icing on Braund's year came in late October when he was named the Eddie Machin Scholarship winner, a Tennis Queensland award for the Junior Regional Athlete of the Year.

Bruce Rayner has coached the young gun since Braund was five years old.

He said next year presented new and exciting challenges for the young player, with the focus to shift to the youngster's technical skills as he moved up to 14 and under.

"The focus will be on further technical development to maximise his power and a greater reliance on holding serve," Rayner said. …

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