Canberra, Australia, 5 June 2013 | Tennis Australia

Over the past two weeks, 32 of Australia’s rising young tennis talents were invited to train at Tennis Australia’s National Talent Development Camp in Canberra.

Sixteen girls and 16 boys from the 10-and-under age group attended the five-day camp with their individual coaches.

The camp is designed to give the athlete and their private coaches an invaluable training experience and professional development utilising Tennis Australia staff, private coaches and leading talent development coach mentors such as Gary Stickler, Pat Rafter’s former coach.

“The camp represents a unique opportunity to share a training camp experience with athletes and a team of passionate coaches from across Australia,” said Kim Kachel, Tennis Australia’s Project Talent Leader.

“We work very closely with the athletes’ private coaches throughout the camp to develop a comprehensive athlete report that covers all areas of performance. It gives the athletes an early insight into the world of an elite athlete in a world class environment.”

The camp involved on court sessions, physical testing, skills testing and footwork and coordination workshops based at the National Sports Club in Lyneham and at the Australian Institute of Sport.