Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.


Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.


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SPORT reporter

GYMPIE'S young tennis superstars are looking to make their big dreams come true.

The Fallon family has a lot of talent and any one of their players can have bragging rights.

These six youngsters will be the ones to keep an eye on.

1. Sean Lorensen, 13

LORENSEN started playing tennis at age seven, with his father Gavin being a big influence.

"He always played tennis and he brought me up one day to play, and I haven't stopped playing since," Sean said of his dad.

"I was playing casually when I started playing but am liking it more and am entering competitions."

Sean models himself on former world No.1 Roger Federer.

"He's a player I look up to. He always has a good attitude," he explained.

2. Britney Fallon, 13

BRITNEY has been playing tennis for eight years and had a talent for it from a young age.

"When I was little, I had a fly swat and a balloon and would run around the living room hitting it. Watching me, my mother got me involved with tennis," she said.

"I call it balloon tennis."

Her goal is to bring her ranking into the 900s and make some really good friends.

"I enjoy playing competitively and hopefully I can strengthen my favourite shot, the backhand," she said.

3. Brodie Fallon, 11

THE first time Brodie heard about tennis he was in Prep.

"The coaches Matt and Brett (from the Reg English Memorial Tennis Centre) came to school and I have been playing since," he said.

Despite his love for the game, Brodie loves that winning feeling.

"I was on a winning hot streak for a couple years and won almost every game bar two," he said.

Brodie takes inspiration from former world No.1 Roger Federer and Australian tennis player James Duckworth.

4. Tanner Cottrill, 14

THE youngster has aspirations to make it onto TV and play in the Australian Open.

"I would love to have a lot of people watching me play and this Australian Open is my home one," he said. …

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