Little league of legends to follow in Ash Barty’s footsteps
While the world’s best female tennis player may have hung up her racquet for now, a league of young Springfield residents is keen to follow in her footsteps.
Ash Barty – three-time Grand Slam champion – grew up in Springfield, attended school in the area and of course, spent most of her youth honing her tennis skills in the region.
Despite her shock retirement announcement, there’s plenty of young tennis players in the local area keen to give the sport their best shot.
David Gore, Director of Tennis at Baseline Tennis Coaching in Springfield says his club teaches over 350 children per week, with the youngest cohort starting at just two years of age.
“The level of players that we train range from fundamentals, which are the two, three and four year olds, through to high performance players that train full time and are trying to make it as professionals on the circuit,” says David.
“Having Ash live locally has had a massive impact on the kids, they get to see her on the telly, they love the fact that she’s now the world number one and the kids really love to get out on the court and emulate her.
“I think another ‘Ash Barty’ will definitely come from this area. The training we have on offer here is quite comprehensive, so kids can go from complete beginners all the way up to professional players.”
David Gore, Director of Tennis at Baseline Tennis Coaching with tennis champion, Ash Barty
Baseline Tennis Coaching has already identified a couple of young tennis superstars that are set to emulate the prowess of Barty on the global stage.
“I’ve got players moving into the 18 and over competitions, playing Australian Money Tournaments and Universal Tennis Rating Pro Events, as well as students going over to the US to get college scholarships.
“I’ve also got a young 11-year-old at the moment who has just been asked to go down to play the Claycourt Nationals down in Canberra.”
Aside from winning tournaments, tennis offers something else for young Springfield kids – comradery, fitness and life skills.
“Tennis is a way to stay fit and keep healthy, but it also teaches resilience, positivity, teamwork and the ability to keep working hard to try and make things better,” says David.
“Anyone that wants to get out there and have a go can, it’s relatively cheap for people to play and kids can progress really quickly.”
Baseline Tennis Coaching offer lessons and court time for children and adults of all abilities at the Springfield Central Sports Complex. There are also several other tennis courts in the Springfield area that remain free for residents to use, which include:
- Grande Park, Grande Avenue Springfield Lakes (lights on until 10pm)
- Atlantic Drive Sporting Complex, Summit Drive Springfield Lakes (lights on until 10pm)
- Spring Lake Park, Springfield Lakes Boulevard, Springfield Lakes (lights on until 10pm)