Smashing future for kids
MAL Anderson conquered the world during his tennis career.
Now he would love nothing more than to see someone from the Fraser Coast follow in his talented footsteps.
The former US Open champion and Hall of Famer reckons that might happen one day going on what he saw during a two-day visit to the Coast.
Anderson, who won the singles crown at the 1957 Open, hosted two coaching clinics for juniors here, one in Maryborough and one in Hervey Bay, and he said he was impressed – very impressed to be honest.
“The standard was really good in both centres,” said Anderson, a member of the Australian Davis Cup team in 1957, 1958, 1972 and 1973.
“I saw a lot of talented players and they were hitting the ball real well.
“The coaches are doing a fantastic job if this display was anything to go by – I really enjoyed seeing these children doing so well.
“I have no doubt that there are some stars in the making here.”
Anderson, who is now 75, said he loved making trips to the country to pass on a few hints and tips of the game he loves.
“Country juniors are such a pleasure to coach and it was no different this time,” said Anderson, who was assisted by two Queensland stars, Gavin Van Peperzeel and Andrew Donaldson.
“They (the juniors) are like sponges – they soak everything up and take it all on board.
“You cannot ask for more than that as a coach.
“Give me a country kid anytime.”
Maryborough and District Junior Tennis Association coach Bruce Rayner said it had again been a privilege to have Anderson visit.
“The players loved it,” he said.
“It’s not often you get a chance to spend time with champion like Mal – it was amazing to see the youngsters with him.
“I am sure they won’t forget the experience.”