Rising tennis ace Kyle Booker.
Rising tennis ace Kyle Booker. Robyne Cuerel

Young Kyle aims high after strong start to year

ASK any tennis player to choose their favourite shot and many would nominate the forehand.

There's simply no better feeling than blasting a good, clean forehand down the line and the ball lands a couple of inches inside the line.

For Maryborough ace Kyle Booker, this is a feeling he has experienced more than most kids his age.

Since picking up his first racket five years ago, Booker has launched some absolute rockets with his forehand, which has proven to be his biggest weapon in his arsenal.

"His racket speed on the forehand comes quite naturally," Booker's coach Bruce Rayner explained.

"He likes using it and is not afraid to pull the trigger."

At just 14, Booker has established a reputation as one of the most powerful players on the Central Queensland Junior Masters Circuit, as well as one of the top players.

A member of the Maryborough and District Junior Tennis Association, Booker will head to Bundaberg this weekend looking to continue his blistering start to the season.

The right-hander claimed both the under-15 singles and doubles (with Hervey Bay's Jeremy Hinton) titles in Rockhampton and finished runner-up to new circuit player, Brisbane's Patrick Harper in Yeppoon.

He also played up in the under-17 age group where finished fourth after being beaten by Harper in the semi finals.

Booker said his tactics for Bundaberg were simple.

"Just use what I've played best at and do what I did at Rocky," he said.

"Just play hard and play for the win."

While he's working hard on improving other parts of his game like his backhand, one thing Booker doesn't lack is any confidence.

"You have to be (confident) if you want to win," he said.

"I'm at the point now I feel like there could be a future for me in tennis and not just a hobby."


How much time does the sport consume of your life: More than 12 hours a week

Who is your biggest inspiration: My coach (Bruce Rayner).

Who are your sporting idols: Bernard Tomic and Roger Federer.

Best piece of advice: If you love what you're doing then keeping doing it and always go with your gut

Career highlight: In 2011 in under-13s I made it into the top-five in Central Queensland.

Favourite meal: You can't beat steak and chips.

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