Alex Bolt: 'Bridge tennis star shines at Open

Murray Bridge tennis ace Alex Bolt and his partner Andrew Whittington took on the might of eighth seeded veterans Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in their men's doubles quarter final match on Tuesday night.

Bolt and Whittington had a slow start, losing their first service game, but the pair fought hard and showed some of the determined play that got them to the quarter finals.

But, in quick time, Nestor and Zimonjic took the first set 6-2.

In the second set, Bolt and Whittington played well, displaying typical Aussie tennis flair at the net which had their opponents scampering around the court.

The young pair had chances to break Zimonjic's service game but were unable to get on top at the right time.

The second set went on serve and came down to a tie-break, which Nestor and Zimonjic took 7-1.

At this year's Open, Bolt and partner Whittington defeated the third seed pairing of Spain's David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco and then another Spanish doubles team of Pable Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Starting a career

Bolt started his tennis career in Murray Bridge, and went on to win two junior State championships in 2008 after being ranked the number one 14-year-old player in South Australia the previous year.

At the age of 15, Bolt said he looked forward to becoming a professional tennis player and cited Spanish star Rafael Nadal as one of his biggest inspirations.

At 16, he was selected by the Australian Institute of Sport to take part in its Pro Tour program and from then on he has worked hard on tennis circuits around the world.

He won his first pro tour tournament in September 2012 and managed to get to the second round of the doubles at last year's Australian Open.

The story Alex Bolt: 'Bridge tennis star shines at Open first appeared on The Murray Valley Standard.

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