Local players selected for Northern Territory tennis tour

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Albany tennis player Ulrich Kriek is off to the Northern Territory as part of a Tennis West regional development tour.
Camera IconAlbany tennis player Ulrich Kriek is off to the Northern Territory as part of a Tennis West regional development tour. Credit: Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

A broken arm has failed to stop the progress of rising tennis youngster Ulrich Kriek after he was one of three players from the Lower Great Southern Tennis Association selected recently to travel to the Northern Territory this week.

Ulrich and fellow LGSTA representatives Brock Dawson and Daly Kerr were picked in a team as part of the Tennis West WA regional development tour that will play a series of events in the NT starting this weekend.

The 10-day trip will provide valuable experience in warm conditions against tough competition.

Ulrich will be heading to Darwin for the second time to compete and will be joined by Brock while Daly has had to withdraw.

The trio were selected after strong results at the 2017 WA Foundation Cup, when they were part of a winning team, with Brock reaching the singles final and Daly and Ulrich progressing to the singles’ quarterfinals.

Brock, 14, is now completing his schooling in Perth and has been training hard with his dad Drew at the Bremer Bay Tennis Club.

Ulrich, 11, suffered a broken arm at the end of the recent tennis season but has worked hard in his rehabilitation to be back playing and training, ready for the trip north.

“I can’t wait to play good tennis against strong opposition,” he said.

“I am excited to go away and a little nervous. My goal is to make the 12s boys final.”

Ulrich has been training with the Albany Tennis Academy in preparation for the tour.

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