The Australian boys’ team has qualified for the finals of the World Junior Tennis competition after they finished fourth at the Asia/Oceania qualifying event in Kuching, Malaysia on Saturday.
The team consisting of Brian Tran (Greystanes, NSW), Oliver Anderson (Yeronga, Qld) and Scott Jones (Carramar, WA) defeated seventh seeds Uzbekistan 2-0 to secure their spot at the world finals in the Czech Republic in August.
“I’m proud of how the boys performed all week. They competed really well, were fired up and gave their best efforts all while being great sportsmen,” Jarrad Bunt, National Academy Coach NSW said.
“Making the semifinal was a goal the boys had so they would be able to play the finals in Europe later this year. So to achieve that feels great.
“All in all it’s been a fantastic experience for the boys. They were able to compete against the best kids in Asia, playing different styles under tough conditions.
“Doubles is the area the boys need to improve on, so we will focus on this in the coming months. If they are able to compete the way they did, I think we can do well in August.”
Korea, Japan and Chinese Taipei have also qualified for the finals.