Wildcards for Collie, Hule sisters in Salisbury
South Australian juniors Nicole Collie, Chloe Hule and Petra Hule have been awarded main draw wild cards at the City of Salisbury Tennis International.
In a coup for South Australian junior tennis, Nicole Collie (Athelstone, SA), Chloe Hule (Underdale, SA) and Petra Hule (Underdale, SA) have been awarded main draw wildcards for the City of Salisbury Tennis International, to be held at the Salisbury Recreation Precinct from 16-23 February 2014.
“Nicole, Chloe and Petra have been working hard the past year on the ITF circuit and their dedication continues to pay off. This will be a great experience for them,” said Milo Bradley, National Academy Head Coach – SA.
“We’re delighted to welcome Nicole, Chloe and Petra into the main draw of the tournament. The future continues to look bright for South Australian tennis,” said Breanna Hassam, City of Salisbury Tennis International Tournament Director.
Australian No.38 Collie, will be looking to make inroads this year after being awarded her second straight main draw wildcard at the City of Salisbury Tennis International.
Collie has been travelling on the Pro Tour circuit over the past month, with qualifying draw appearances at the $50,000 Bernie and Launceston tournaments. At the end of 2013, she won the Just 4 Tennis New Years Open AMT and followed that up as a semifinalist at the 2014 City of Salisbury Platinum AMT just a week later.
Collie also experienced great doubles success in 2013, winning the $10,000 Usak, Turkey doubles event in August with partner, Leah Daw.
The City of Salisbury Tennis International will be 16-year-old Chloe Hule’s first time competing in the main draw event of an ITF Futures tournament.
She has competed in the qualifying of four ITF Futures events in the past and has had some outstanding results on the ITF junior circuit of late, with an appearance in the Australian Open Junior Championships in January.
Over the past month, Hule has competed in junior ITF events in New Zealand with a quarterfinal singles appearance at the Wilson Tennis Canterbury ITF and semifinal singles appearance at the 2014 Technifibre Tennis Centre Championships, along with back-to-back doubles titles at both tournaments with younger sister Petra.
For 14-year-old Petra, the City of Salisbury Tennis International will be just her third ITF Futures event and first main draw appearance at this level.
She is coming off the back of an appearance at the Australian Open Junior Championships and fabulous results on the ITF Junior Circuit, after making the final of the Wilson Tennis Canterbury ITF and the quarterfinals of the 2014 Technifibre Tennis Centre Championships. Locally, she reached the quarterfinals at the City of Salisbury Platinum AMT early in January.
Riding high on confidence, the younger of the Hule sisters will be looking to continue her success here at the City of Salisbury Tennis International.
The fourth wildcard was awarded to Australian No.44 Samantha Harris from Victoria.
Qualifying will start on Sunday 16 February with main draw matches commencing on Tuesday 18 February. Entry to the tournament is free with matches commencing at 10am daily and the singles final commencing on Sunday 23 February at 12pm.