April is a very interesting time of year for Australian juniors, where players are exposed to various surfaces over a 4-6 week tournament block. I have continued to emphasise to my students, the importance of developing a game style that can be adapted across all court surfaces and this will certainly be exposed during this time. Even as a junior, keep in mind that the professional tour is now moving into the European tennis leg and it is so important to be playing as many matches as possible and building confidence so that you are at your best when it counts the most!
One of my students, Rahul Desai competed extremely well here, with a win in both the singles and doubles 14/u events. He had reached the final of the summer junior event five months earlier so he has recorded many wins at this venue, which is always a plus for an athlete. Over the past five months he has made various changes to his game, technique, footwork and training schedule to meet the demands of competitive tennis and this result was a great way to start the tournament block.
Take a look at his journey throughout the tournament here: 2017 Bathurst Autumn JT Tournament Draws