Local tennis players shine at Junior Development Series tournament

Innisfail JDS tournament players, Keean Greven, who was Under 11 Boys’ champion, and Logan Lizzio, who finished third in 15/17 Girls, and Dylan Ryder.

INNISFAIL and District Tennis Association recently hosted a Junior Development Series’ tournament with 57 junior tennis players from across the Far North region taking part. 

The weather turned it on and so did the display of junior talent, with great matches and sportsmanship on display for spectators.

Seven junior tennis players from the Innisfail Tennis Club participated, with six of those being coached by Jason Cheel of Cassowary Coast Tennis Academy. 

Budding young tennis superstar, Keean Greven, claimed the Under 11 Boys’ Singles title from Shintaro Francis of Cairns. 

This is an impressive result considering it is Greven’s first tournament playing Yellow Ball events, after only recently moving up from Green Ball events, and he did not drop a set all day. 

Alyssa Wolff placed third in the Green Ball Mixed Singles; Dylan Ryder finished fourth in the 15 Under Boys’ Singles, whilst Zayn Forster was fourth in the hotly contested 17 Under Boys’ Singles.

Genevieve Lindsay, who is now based and coached in Cairns, took out the 15/17 Girls’ Singles event, whilst Logan Lizzio finished third. 

Dylan Ryder, Emily Ryder, and Isaak Galipo played exceptionally well in their age events and faced strong competition.

Special thanks go to Sam, Mick, and Kerry who helped Kathy and Margaret in the canteen; parents and members who baked delicious goodies; and Jason, Leon, and Mike for running the day, as well as Cody from Tennis Queensland for attending.

Innisfail Tennis Club will be hosting another Junior Development Series’ tournament on June 12 -13; the Innisfail Junior Age Tennis Championships from June 26 – 28; and the Innisfail Nerada Open from August 20 – 22.

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