Some of the region's finest young tennis stars will gather in Bundaberg this weekend to compete against players from across the Central and Wide Bay regions in the Central Junior Development Series (JDS).
The tournament will take place at the Bundaberg and District Junior Tennis Association and is one of the highest category events in the circuit, designed to transition players from coached match play to competitive play.
Originating in Central Queensland in around 1979, the JDS has acted as the main provider of match play competition for young tennis enthusiasts and this catering for a big contingent of players this year.
Tournament director Murray Whitebread said the JDS event was a great way for young players to improve their standard of play, broaden their outlook and gain skills in sportsmanship.
“The tournament offers many players their first taste of tournament experience, whereas in local clubs children are playing the same players all the time reducing the standard and opportunities,” Murray said.
“It’s called the development series for the prime reason our children can enjoy a diversity of match play while socialising with children from other central communities.”
“The tournament brings all the regions together for a fun and competitive weekend with teammates supporting each other,” Kevin said.
“It is my favourite event for our developing players.”
Throughout the years, the JDS tournament has helped cultivate state, regional and national champions extending to administrators of the sport, American university scholarship offers and participation in the Australian Open.
The Junior Development Series (JDS) tournament
Where: 69b George Street, South Bundaberg
When: 17 to 18 June
Contact: Murray Whitbread: murray.Whitbread@gmail.com 0407 639 824, or Kevin Banner: email@example.com 0409 520 753