Patrick turns down second chance

PATRICK Banney was lucky in one instance but not another.

The 16-year-old member of the Maryborough and District Tennis Junior Tennis Association lost his second round game in an Australian Money Tournament in Melbourne.

The St Mary’s College student presumed that was the end of the road for him and booked his flight home.

Not long after doing that he received a call from tournament officials telling him he had made the next round as a lucky loser.

The call came too late though and all Banney could do was say thanks but no thanks as he couldn’t change his flight.

Despite his slice of bad timing, Banney said the week he had spent playing in Melbourne had been a great one.

“The chance to play at Melbourne Park was an awesome experience,” Banney, who is coached by Maryborough’s long-time coach, Bruce Rayner, said.

“As for the second chance I got, well, you just cannot help bad timing,” he laughed.



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