Border teens excel at Pacific title event

EXCITING Border prospects Freddy Meyers and Isaac Dallinger have won their respective age divisions at the Vanuatu Regional Championships.

Myers edged out fellow Margaret Court Tennis Academy member Jake Pleming in the under-12 final, while Dallinger accounted for a leading Solomon Islands player in the under-15s decider.

Coach Jade Culph said the pair performed admirably against opposition from Vanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands.

“It was a big thrill for the boys,” Culph said.

“They both played very well.

“The competition was solid and the experience is going to hold them in good stead for the future.

“It’s an invaluable experience.”

Academy players Brock Dixon, Ryan Warden and Joe Myers were also among 25 overseas and 50 local players competing in the tournament which was run by the Vanuatu Tennis Federation.

Culph said it was important to foster a strong relationship between the academy and the Pacific islands.

“It’s completely different over there,” he said.

“We are lucky to have a program like this.

“All of the kids got a lot out of it during the week.”

International Tennis Federation player Abigail Tere-Apisah spent time developing her game on the Border before launching her career in the US.

Tere-Apisah is rocketing through the ranks in Atlanta, Georgia.

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