Psychologist's visit lifts Ipswich team for Shield duel
IPSWICH'S Perrett Shield players will have extra motivation to win in this year's annual tennis competition between Ipswich and Toowoomba.
Forty junior tennis players received expert coaching last Sunday from professional sports psychologist and former ATP touring player Anthony Ross.
The young players were able to display their talent in front of Ross and Tennis Ipswich president David Glinster, in the hope of being selected for the shield competition.
"Although only three boys and three girls are selected for each age bracket, it is good to see so many young players enjoying the sport," Glinster said.
"Having Anthony being able to teach all players how to prep for a match and having the right mental state will hopefully benefit all players, not just the competing players."
On Sunday at the George Alder Tennis Centre, players will compete across four age brackets against a tough Toowoomba side.
The Perrett Shield is Ipswich's major junior representative opportunity. It enables young players to test themselves and to showcase the depth of talent that is growing within Ipswich and surrounding areas.
Glinster is keen to develop this talent further by creating better pathways and opportunities for young players, with a view to building Ipswich into a strong tennis centre.
"Who knows," Glinster says, "we might just see the next Ashleigh Barty play this weekend."
Spectators are invited to attend a family day featuring some exciting tennis.
Play starts at 9am on Sunday. The George Alder Tennis Centre is located at 9 Ernest Street, Leichhardt.