Cameron Burton: A rising star of Australian tennis
Meet Cameron Burton, a 15-year-old from Western Australia who is one of Australia's most promising junior talents.
Cameron Burton is a young Aussie on the rise.
He received the inaugural Kent Yamazaki Award at the WA Tennis Industry Awards in 2021. This award is named after a 15-year-old rising tennis star from Perth who tragically died in 2020 and honours an athlete who embodies values of grit, passion and friendship.
Burton became at national champion at the 2022 December Showdown in Melbourne, winning the 14-and-under doubles title.
The 15-year-old from Perth’s blossoming tennis career continues to springboard. This year he represented Western Australia at the National Teams Championships on the Gold Coast and was invited to participate at the inaugural Tennis Australia Talent Combine in Brisbane.
In our series profiling Australia’s most promising junior athletes, Burton reveals his biggest inspirations …
I started with my brother and sister. They played so I really wanted to follow them and then I found I really liked the sport, so I kept going.
My brother is five years older and my sister’s eight years older. We still compete heaps. It gets pretty fiery on the tennis court with us.
I like competing and pushing myself in training. I just like pushing myself.
Definitely the America trip I went on this year. I was there for six weeks and it was really good fun. I played some really good matches and the coaches were really good. It was just really good fun.
The level in America is very strong. The people there do anything to win, and it’s really competitive.
I want to become a good player and make a living from it. Top 100 would be really nice.
An attacking player, who’s a lefty.
Rafael Nadal sort of, and I like Ben Shelton. Ben Shelton mainly.
Ben Shelton’s serve. I like Ben’s big serve and forehand.
I play lots of golf with a couple of my mates from home. It’s good to get a break from tennis. It’s really nice.
No, golf is more of a fun sport. Just to get out of the competitiveness is really good.
In my spare time I play a lot of Playstation and golf. I’m a right hander in golf and a left hander in tennis. Naturally left for most other things and just right handed for golf because it’s like a backhand.
Active. Not at home much. So I’d say very active.
I’m pretty good with my school. Most of it is online. I go in every now and then. But I can do it online and I’d say I’m not too bad in school.
Maths and science.
I would still like to be involved in tennis somehow. Maybe coaching or something like that.
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