Loving his tennis

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Loving his tennis

Fine form: Jack Clements takes a break from competition at the Leongatha tournament last week.

By Brad Lester

AT THE age of just nine, Jack Clements already has a reputation in tennis circles.
The boy has the talent and determination of a player many years his senior, and is transforming his passion for tennis into trophies.
The Inverloch youngster starred at recent tournaments at Leongatha and Inverloch, winning many titles and securing his place at the top of local ranks.
“It feels good,” the modest Jack said of his successes last week.
Parents Shane and Sharon were proud.
“He just got into the Gippsland Sports Academy and will go on camps and to a lot of tournaments,” Shane said.
At the 29th Annual Inverloch Junior Tennis Classic, Jack won the 10 and under singles, and the 10 and under boys doubles with Harry McInnes. Jack placed second in the 14 and under mixed doubles with Casey Teakle and took the consolation prize in the 14 and under singles.
Then he featured at the 10th Annual South Gippsland Junior Classic at Leongatha, winning the 10 and under singles, the 10 and under boys doubles with Elijah Cousins, and the 12 and under boys doubles with Simon Thomas. Jack and Simon were runners-up in the 14 and under boys doubles.
A member of the Inverloch Tennis Club, Jack is highly regarded by fellow club members after just two years in the sport. His forehand is his strength.
“I just hit my strokes back from the baseline. I like my ground-strokes,” Jack said.
He is coached by renowned South Gippsland coach, Mark Sheppard of Inverloch, and also practises with his father, taking to the court six days a week.
While he wears a cap with the signature of Australian battler Wayne Arthurs, Jack is a fan of high ranking Spaniard, Rafael Nadal.
“He’s a left hander and he hits very strong,” Jack said.
“It takes a lot of stamina and a bit of skill and you have to train two times a week or more to be a good player.”

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