TENNIS: Hives launches national 18/under  campaign

ZOE Hives begins her Australian 18/under Tennis Championships singles campaign  today.

A wildcard, she will be on court for the first of her three group matches at Melbourne Park.

Hives, of Kingston, meets South Australian and eighth seed Brooke Rischbieth.

The group also features second seed Storm Sanders from Western Australia and Victoria’s Samantha Harris.

Azra Hadzic is the top seed for the championships.

The tournament launches a hectic domestic schedule for Hives, who is the 44th ranked female in Australia.

She will back up from these championships in the national 16/under years titles on December 10-16 and the Ballarat Open Gold AMT Tournament on December 20-23.

Zoe Hives in nationals

Zoe Hives in nationals