Stars on show

Friday, July 6, 2018

Top billing: Mildura Lawn Tennis Club vice-president Mark Vorwerk is excited by the level of young talent entered in the Mildura Grand Tennis International, which begins this weekend. Picture: Carmel ZacconeTHE tennis stars of the future will be showcased at the 2015 Mildura Grand Tennis International,­ which begins Sunday.

Mildura Lawn Tennis Club (MLTC) will host the Australian Pro Tour event for the eighth year, which features some of the best up and coming Australian and international tennis talent.

International players Brydan Klein of Great Britain and Hiroko Kuwata of Japan will headline the men’s and women’s draws respectively.

Men’s No.2 seed and 2014 finalist Dane Propoggia and 369th ATP-ranked Maverick Banes, as well as 313th WTP-ranked Jessica Moore will carry Australian hopes in the tournament.

MLTC vice-president Mark Vorwerk said locals would see “the future of Australian tennis” in the tournament.

“Jess Moore had quite a good year (in 2014) and looks to be playing really good tennis,” he said.

“She got into the qualifying rounds of Australian Open and did fairly well there. She could be quite a good player, she’s only 24.

“Dane Propoggia made it to the final of the qualifiers for the Open wildcard, so he got very close.

“He lost last year against Brydan Klein here, so he is quite a good grass court player.”

Local talent will also have an invaluable opportunity to test themselves against the best on home courts during the Grand International.

Young stars Zac Robinson and Sheree Moore have got wildcards for the men’s and women’s draws respectively, while another local, Andrea Mastrippolito, has already qualified.

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