Academy helps to bring out the best

Forehand winner: Chelsea Arezo at Marconi Tennis Academy. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

Forehand winner: Chelsea Arezo at Marconi Tennis Academy. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

CHELSEA Arezo 13, from Bossley Park, is a player to watch, says Marconi Tennis Academy coach Stewart Whicker.

"Chelsea is a young player on the rise," Whicker said.

"The academy has a handful of aspiring professionals and it's crucial these athletes have access to more well-established players."

Whicker said Joel Liberatore was one of the coaches at the Marconi Tennis Academy and was also a regular tournament player.

"He is also one of the many mentors for the up-and-coming players here at Bossley Park.

"One of Joel's roles is to [be a mentor for] junior players.

"He is a mentor to Chelsea and other players, Joshua Calabria 12, and Anuj Singh, 11."

Anuj recently made the semi-final of the Nepean under-11s junior round robin event.

Whicker said Joshua and Anuj also teamed together as doubles partners for multiple events during the recent school holidays.

Whicker says the academy's philosophy is that in order to be the best you have to learn from the best.

One of the academy's most successful players has been David Jeflea, Fairfield district's first grand slam finalist at an Australian junior open.

"Chelsea Arezo has not only shown the willingness to work hard but she also the ability to raise the bar with each training session," Whicker said.

"I look forward to seeing what impact on tennis in Australia Chelsea will have."

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