GREAT news for Australian tennis – Lleyton Hewitt has reached the fourth round of the US Open and will face Russian Mikhail Youzhny for a place in the quarterfinals.
Hewitt displayed his renowned fighting spirit to outlast number six seed Juan Martin Del Potro in five sets in the second round and overcame Russian Evgeny Donsky in four sets in the third round.
If the talented group of young Australians on the professional tour could incorporate more of Hewitt’s spirit and dedication into their games we could see more Australians in the top ten.
The rest of the men’s and women’s draws have a sense of predictability with number one seed Serena Williams and number two seed Victoria Azarenka heading for an exciting final.
The top four men Djokovic, Nadal, Murray and Federer, even though only seeded seven, lead the way.
Murray plays Djokovic in the semi finals and the Nadal versus Federer quarterfinal could be a classic.
Locally, congratulations to Andy Bullent, Nicholas Burns, Nicholas Hills, Luke Homer, Zac Lewis, Nathan Monk, Lachlan Russell, Rhys Searant and Will Stevenson on their selection into the Hunter Combined High Schools under-16s boys team.
The team will compete in the intrastate championships in Paramatta, October 29 to 31.
Following the recent success of the Hunter’s open girls team and our region’s excellent record in school team tennis events we expect the boys to challenge the best in the state.
Lake Macquarie Tennis Centre’s Friday ladies competition drew to an exciting close last week with Kerri Parsons and Donna Woolfe victorious.
After 14 hard-fought rounds, Georgina Armstrong and Dale Landman drew with Julie Bowen, Judy Mitchell and Stacey de Mello for the runners up position.
A reminder to all local tennis players and fans the Lake Macquarie Junior Open is on from Saturday, September 14 to Monday, September 16 at the Lake Macquarie Tennis Centre, and entries close for the Newcastle Super League competition on Wednesday, October 11.