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Jarmere Jenkins wants to play at the Australian open after conquering Wollongong

By SIMON BRUNSDON
Nov. 24, 2014, 10:36 a.m.
Illawarra Mercury


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Jarmere Jenkins plays a backhand during the final of the Australian Futures tournament in Wollongong on Sunday. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER


Tennis
RISING American talent Jarmere Jenkins has conquered Wollongong, and now he has his eyes set on a much larger arena.
Having snuck into the top 200on the ATP male rankings table, the 23-year-old wants a crack at Australia’s greatest tennis tournament.
‘‘Some time in January I’ll play a warm-up tournament, I’m not sure where, then Australian Open qualifiers,’’ Jenkins said when asked of his next assignment.

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Wollongong will host three major tennis tournaments in the same fortnight

By SIMON BRUNSDON
Nov. 18, 2014, 5:13 p.m.
Illawarra Mercury


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Harry Bourchier smashes a forehand during the opening round of the Futures 10 tournament at Beaton Park on Tuesday. Picture: ROBERT PEET


Tennis
IF Australian tennis didn’t know about Wollongong beforehand, come Monday the city should be front and centre of every major sporting association in the country.
That’s according to local legend Wendy Saville, who is caught up in the busiest fortnight of tennis action the South Coast has ever seen.
Beaton Park is currently hosting its second Australian Futures pro-tour event in as many weeks.
At the same time, Saville is preparing to host the opening round of the Asian-Pacific Tennis League (ATL) series.

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Powderkeg Klein holds his nerve in wind-blown final

By MITCH COHEN
Nov. 16, 2014, 9:03 p.m.
Illawarra Mercury


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Brydan Klein won the Futures tournament final at Beaton Park on Sunday. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN


TENNIS
Brydan Klein is targeting a return to the grand slams, including next year's Australian Open, after he claimed the 2014 Tennis Wollongong Centenary International Futures event at Beaton Park.
The former Australian - turned British - firebrand braved strong winds to outlast unseeded challenger Andrew Whittington 6-3 6-3 in Sunday's final.
"I just had to do whatever I could do to win," Klein said after the match.
"To win in conditions like that where it was not possible to play well is a confidence booster.

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Auckland's Rubin Statham into quarter finals at Beaton Park

By SIMON BRUNSDON
Nov. 13, 2014, 8:38 p.m.
Illawarra Mercury


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Rubin Statham at Beaton Park on Thursday. Picture: ROBERT PEET


TENNIS
Experienced Auckland journeyman Rubin Statham knows it will be a long climb back up the ATP World Tour rankings.
Statham, 27, was in red-hot form and hovering in the high-200s on the ranking table at the start of 2014, following a career-high peak at 279 in February last year.
Things took a turn for the worse when he tore a tendon in his right elbow during a five-hour Davis Cup epic against China's Di Wu at the end of January.
He was consigned to the casualty ward for the best part of seven months following surgery to repair the damage.

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Meister only seed to fall in first round

By MITCH COHEN
Nov. 12, 2014, 8:03 p.m.
Illawarra Mercury


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Nicolas Meister was the only seeded player to fall in the opening round of the Australian Futures Tournament at Beaton Park on Wednesday.


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The 25-year-old succumbed in straight sets, 6-4 6-4 to Chinese world number 459 Yan Bai.
Top seed Jarmere Jenkins got a considerably easier road after his American opponent Christopher O'Connell retired in the first set when down 5-3.

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Banes faces real test against Chaplin in round two

By MITCH COHEN

Nov. 12, 2014, 8:03 p.m.
Illawarra Mercury


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Dane Propoggia in action at the Australian Futures Tournament at Beaton Park on Wednesday. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER


TENNIS
When you're living out of a suitcase for months at a time, nothing quite compares to having a hit back on home soil for Maverick Banes.
"It is always nice to come back to Australia and play with guys you know. It is a bit more fun than travelling on your own for weeks on end," he says.
The world-ranked 373 player is in Wollongong to play in the Australian Futures tournaments at Beaton Park after a busy season competing throughout Europe.
Banes twice won on his preferred surface of clay in Croatia before putting in more solid displays in Belgium and Spain.

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Jarryd Chaplin's mother was one of Wollongong's finest tennis products

By SIMON BRUNSDON

Nov. 11, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Illwarraw Mercury


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Jarryd Chaplin takes time out at Beaton Park yesterday, where his mother Amanda plied her trade 40 years ago. Picture: ROBERT PEET


TENNIS
Jarryd Chaplin was born into Wollongong tennis royalty.
And while his sporting path wasn’t exactly laid out for him, it would have been hard to ignore the call of the court.
Chaplin’s mother, Amanda, is one of Wollongong’s finest sporting products.
Playing under her maiden name of Amanda Tobin, she spent 13 years on the WTA circuit during which she reached a career-high singles ranking of 58, and boasts a fourth-round clash with Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon.
Following her professional career, she managed Wollongong’s Beaton Park tennis centre for two years and is now head coach at St Catherine’s, Waverley in Sydney.
‘‘She had a great caeer on the tennis courts and when I come to Wollongong a lot of people remind me of that,’’ Jarryd said.
With his mother starting her illustrious career in the city, it was only fitting that Chaplin would use Wollongong as a launching pad for his own pursuits.

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Van Peperzeel hoping for good run at Beaton Park

By SIMON BRUNSDON

Nov. 11, 2014, 7:04 p.m.
Illawarra Mercury


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He enters the tournament unseeded and ranked 472 in the world, but Gavin van Peperzeel isn't afraid to dream big as he chases a Futures crown in Wollongong.


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The 22-year-old has set himself up for a solid run through this F9 draw at Beaton Park after brushing aside fellow unseeded Australian hope Luke Harvey in the opening round.
Van Peperzeel looked in fine form on Tuesday as he rolled Harvey 6-3 6-2.
"I started pretty average, I was a little cold and was struggling to find the court," van Peperzeel said.
"But I managed to pull myself together and level it in the first, then started playing well."
He will now wait to find out whether he takes on China's Yan Bai or US talent Nicolas Meister in round two.
Bai and Meister will battle it out on Wednesday.
For van Peperzeel, Tuesday's win continued an impressive season.

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​Aussie hope Gavin van Peperzeel is aiming big at the Futures tennis in Wollongong

By SIMON BRUNSDON

Nov. 11, 2014, 4:27 p.m.
Illawarra Mercury


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Daniel Guccione prepares for a backhand during his round one loss at the Australian Futures at Beaton Park on Tuesday. Picture: ROBERT PEET


Tennis

He enters the tournament unseeded and ranked 472 in the world, but Gavin van Peperzeel isn’t afraid to dream big as he chases a Futures crown in Wollongong.
The 22-year-old has set himself up for a solid run through the F9 draw at Beaton Park after brushing aside fellow unseeded Aussie hope Luke Harvey in the opening round.
Van Peperzeel looked in fine form on Tuesday as he rolled Harvey in straight sets, winning 6-3 6-2 on his way to a round two showing.

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