Padraic O’Connell in action on his way to winning a Maryborough and District Junior Tennis Association title.
Padraic O’Connell in action on his way to winning a Maryborough and District Junior Tennis Association title. Karleila Thomsen

Padraic hits top form in the final

PADRAIC O’Connell has served up an ace performance.

The 15-year-old St Mary’s College student played his way to winning the Maryborough and District Junior Tennis Association A1 fixture grand final.

O’Connell, who has been playing the game for six years and who is a big fan of world No.1 Roger Ferderer, won his first title in the top division after beating Kyle Booker 6-4 in the one-set showdown on the Alice Street courts.

Alex Kunst narrowly defeated Leyton Goldsmith 6-5 to win the play-off for third and fourth place.

Maryborough and District Junior Tennis Association coach Bruce Rayner said O’Connell’s performance had been one worthy of a champion.

“Padraic is not a power hitter and he proved you don’t have to be to succeed in this game,” Rayner said.

“He’s a real tactical player and is thinking about the game all the time – he’s what I call a clever player.

“He doesn’t waste many points either so that always helps.”

Zane Keller won the A2 title after beating Ryan Behrendorff 6-3.

Rayner said Keller’s win was a suprising one.

“The top eight players with the best average contested the finals in each division – Zane’s average wasn’t as good as some of the players he beat so hid did great.”

Juanita Egan won the play-off for third and fourth place after beating Matthew Whiting.



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