Meet Casey Hoole, the young tennis star with the opportunity of a lifetime.
Brisbane boy Casey Hoole has been chosen to represent Australia in the Longines Future Tennis Aces, an international tournament for outstanding young tennis players under the age of 13.
The tournament brings together 16 promising tennis champs from around the world, giving them a unique chance to showcase their talent on an international stage. Over two days from 29-30 May 2015, the young aces will compete on a clay court in front of the iconic Eiffel tower.
“I’m so excited to have the opportunity to represent Australia in Paris. I’m going to give it my best,” Casey says.
To warm up for the tournament, Casey played a practice match against Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge at the Queensland Tennis Centre. He also has the opportunity to participate in the Longines Academy, a renowned training camp where he will have a coaching session with former French tennis player Arnaud Clément.
“To be selected to play at a tournament like this is a great opportunity for Casey,” Woolbridge said of his young opponent.
“The chance to play internationally both inspires a young player but also gives them an understanding of how their game compares to other juniors from around the world. It’s an invaluable experience.”
The Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament has been a springboard for a number of young Aussie players, such as 15-year-old Destanee Aiava, who won the event in 2012. Since her victory, she continues to climb up the ITF Junior rankings, and is one to watch at the Junior Grand Slams over the next couple of years.