Coast tennis hotshots gunning for glory
When it comes to rising talent on the tennis court the Sunshine Coast has plenty to be proud about.
A stellar mix of juniors are stamping their mark on the sport and are bound to continue their upward trajectory as Coast facilities are significantly upgraded.
In July a $4.5 million upgrade was officially opened at Sunshine Coast Tennis Centre at Caloundra.
The Noosa tennis courts last year added new shade structures to their courts too.
The region's juniors will be out in force this weekend as the Regional Development Series finals hit Caloundra courts.
Ahead of the competition, the Daily has shined a spotlight on the Coast's rising stars and current pros.
Ozzy Robins (13)
The teenager has enjoyed a stellar year, taking out numerous singles titles.
He kicked the year off by winning the U12 boys Qualifying Consolation at the UQ Sport Age Championships in January.
He then won the U12 singles Fast4 Southern Downs Junior Championships in February before winning the U13 Kingaroy JDS- Sunshine Coast Region in March.
He came back in form after coronavirus restrictions eased and has won a number of local Junior Development Series tournaments at Kawana, Noosa and Mooloolaba in the singles U13 age group.
He's won 146 of his 227 singles games.
Jack Dixon (16)
The teenager is a rising star on court having made multiple state teams and triumphed in his fair share of tournaments.
Just last week the 16 year old helped his team finish runner-up in the adult division at a Sunshine Coast Tennis League event.
In 2018 Dixon was crowned the head state age champion at Rockhampton.
Among many feats he also won the Mooloolaba Junior Championships and finished runner-up at the Tennyson Junior Classic that year.
He's won 313 of his 520 singles games.
Milly Bonassi (12)
The Caloundra player has also made plenty of state and school teams.
Most recently she won the Kawana JDS U13 singles in September.
She participated in the Super 10s tournament in 2018 and finished runner-up in the Regional Tennis tournament to qualify for the state titles in 2019.
She's won 83 of her 164 singles matches.
Connor McEvoy (11)
The 11-year-old is a standout junior having achieved plenty at local and state level.
This year alone he's won the Maryborough Junior Championships in U12 singles and featured in three JDS U13 singles finals.
Earlier this year the Sunshine Coast Grammar ace was the lucky player chosen to toss the coin ahead of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer's Australian Open semi final.
The Kawana Tennis Club member stormed to dominant victories in both the singles and doubles finals at not only the Rod Laver Junior Championships but its lead-in event in 2019.
Dane Sweeny (19)
After excelling in the junior ranks, Dane Sweeny today plies his trade on the Australian Pro Tour.
He made his maiden Australian Pro Tour quarterfinal last year.
Prior to that, Sweeny tore up in the junior divisions.
In 2017 Sweeny was among the country's best 16-and-under boys who travelled to Budapest in Hungary to compete in the prestigious Junior Davis Cup.
In 2015 he played in the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals in the Czech Republic.
Calum Puttergill (27)
The 27-year-old Noosa talent also hits the court against the countries best as part of the Australian Pro Tour.
He's ranked 357th on tour and 28th under Tennis Australia.
He has won 301 of his 437 singles matches.