Meers, Cooke both finish second in Development Series

Last weekend saw Mudgee host the Junior Development Series, with boys and girls playing in age brackets from Under 10s to Under 16s.

It was reportedly a successful day for the Mudgee District Tennis Club, and although no local players took out the top prizes, there was a rich vein of talent on show for the Mudgee region.

The main aim of the JDS is to find players in the Central West that could take the next step in their tennis careers, using it as a direct pathway to larger and more competitive tournaments.

Mudgee had a host of players participate, including Tom Collins, Will Wiseman, John Wiseman, Jayden Cooke, Jason Meers, George Mills and Maguire Barrow.

There were also a number of players that achieved a spot in the play-offs before being eliminated, including Ferg Fergusson, Sam Roth, Lewis Roth and Shayna Hickey.

It was Josh Meers (Under-12s) and Tahlia Cooke (Under-10s) that both went furthest however, both finishing runners-up.

Meers fell to winner Ben Anderson, while Cooke was defeated by Sandra Stojanovic.

James Hughes, from the MDTC, believes that competition against top talent is crucial for local development.

Having the JDS in Mudgee gives these young players the opportunity to play up against the best and gives them an idea of where they are at in their own development,” Hughes commented.

“It's always good to get a challenge against players from elsewhere.”