Kyle Smith 7 from Figtree possibly had the best day of his little life yesterday at Centre Court Ken Rosewall Arena Sydney Olymplic Park watching me train with Sam Stosur. Kyle absolutely loves his tennis and spending the day with Sam and her coach Dave Taylor and Simmone was an inspirational day not only for Kyle but for all of us.. Sam was so nice to Kyle, she signed his hat and Dave gave him all the balls we trained with.. Kyle absolutely loves his tennis and trains at Bulli Tennis Centre. Kyle sat enthralled courtside watching the World’s no. 6 Women’s Player..
Kyle sent this message:
“Thanks for the great day Blake. I had loads of fun watching you with Sam. I loved being allowed to have a hit with you on centre court too. Thanks for the sweat bands and i look forward to playing nerf gunns!
Ok Kyle you don’t have to tell everyone I play with Nerf Guns shhhh..come over and ill drag them out for you..haha Cheers Blake
PROMISING Bulli tennis player Blake Mott had the self-described best week of his life, attending a training session with Lleyton Hewitt and warming up Sam Stoser for her big clash at the Australian Open in Melbourne this year.
Stoser’s coach Dave Taylor asked Mott if he would lend a hand during Stoser’s warm-up before her match with Serena Williams.
Mott was attending the Australian Open as part of the 2010 National Performance Academy Camp.
He has also secured a full-time scholarship with the AIS in Sydney under full-time coach and former tour player Sandon Stolle.
Besides sharing time with Australia’s top male and female singles players, Mott had another highlight. Former US Open champion Pat Rafter also asked to have a hit with him at Australia’s grand slam.
While he was heading back to Sydney by car the Bulli teenager received the surprise call.
“I got a call to get back to the Open – Pat Rafter would like to hit with me at 3pm that day”. His dad Terry doing a U-turn on the Hume Highway was a dream come true for Mott, to be heading back to hit with a former world number one in Pat Rafter.
Publication: Illawarra Mercury