Aussies set to begin grass season in Surbiton
A strong Australian contingent will contest the Surbiton Trophy this week, which marks the beginning of a six-week grass court swing.
Roland Garros continues this week, but for many of Australia’s top-ranked players it marks the beginning of the grass court season.
A strong contingent of Australian players will compete at the Surbiton Trophy in Great Britain.
Eight Australians will compete in the ATP Challenger men’s singles draw, including seeded trio Matthew Ebden, Jordan Thompson and Bernard Tomic.
The men’s doubles draw features more high-profile Aussies – including Nick Kyrgios teaming up with Thanasi Kokkinakis, along with wildcard pairing Lleyton Hewitt and Thompson.
There is also strong representation in the women’s event, including six players who begin their qualifying quest tonight.
Four Australian players – Kimberly Birrell, Ellen Perez, Lizette Cabrera and Jaimee Fourlis – have been in Surbiton for the past week, taking part in a Tennis Australia WTA UK grass court camp.
National Women’s Manager Rohan Fisher led the camp alongside National Wellbeing Manager Ben Robertson, National Strength and Conditioning Manager Mark Taylor, as well as coaches Colin Ebelthite and Brett Hunter.
The focus of the camp was positive psychology on-and-off court, building conditioning and adapting their games to grass.
“This camp is part of our National Female Camps strategy of bringing our female players together more often to create a team and a sense of community within our Australian female players. We undertake this for each age group from 12s upwards culminating in our Fed Cup camps prior to each tie,” Rohan Fisher said.
“This camp in particular was positioned at the half way mark of the European schedule and acts as a freshen up before some of our female players start the grass court season.”