SEVERAL of the most promising juniors in Australian tennis have made an early trip down to the Ballarat Regional Tennis Centre’s numerous courts to get a leg up on the rest of the competition in anticipation of tomorrow’s Ballarat Open Gold AMT Tournament.
One of those players is 16-year-old Western Australian Jack Lyttle, who will use the tournament as a stepping stone for his continued development as he edges closer towards competing at senior level on a more permanent basis.
Lyttle, who is ranked number seven in Australia for his year of birth, will bring strong form into the tournament after progressing deep into several events held in Melbourne over the past
His father Rod Lyttle, himself a former resident of Ballarat, is excited about returning to Ballarat and has high hopes, if not expectations, for his son over the next few days.
“It’s a bit of a case of deja vu coming back to the courts that I knew as a kid,” Rod Lyttle said.
“Jack would play about 25-27 tournaments per year, and right now his form is as strong as it ever been – so I would like to see him get past the initial stages and into the last few rounds.”
Lyttle, a scholarship holder with the national academy, was part of a four-strong squad that represented Australia at an international tournament in Japan this September and will compete under the Western Australia banner in a division of the Australian Open in January.