New Town hotshot headed for top court

NEW Town ace Alicia Dale, pictured, is serving it up to the country’s top tennis talents this month as she represents Tasmania in the Red Energy Australian Made Foundation Cup event in Melbourne.

Alicia is one of four Tasmanian players selected to compete in the event, based on results from the annual Tassie Showdown tournament – the culmination of the state’s Junior Development Series – held at the Domain Tennis Centre in November.

Eleven-year-old Alicia won the Girls’ Singles (13 & Under) division, and will now join another 27 of Australia’s best young players competing in the Foundation Cup, to be held at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Centre during the Australian Open.

The best-performed state team at the four-day tournament will be awarded the Red Energy Australian Made Foundation Cup, with the best male and female individual players to each receive $1000.

Part of the Australian Made Summer of Tennis, the Foundation Cup gives junior players from rural and regional areas the opportunity to compete on a national level – something they may not be able to do regularly, because of cost and travel constraints.

“We believe this event is vital to inspire young Australians to reach their potential both on and off the court,” Australian Fed Cup Tennis Foundation president Judy Dalton said.

Alicia, who has been playing tennis since the age of six, wants to become a professional when she’s older and currently plays or trains five days a week to help achieve that goal.

“Alicia has been able to represent Tasmania a few times interstate, so she has been very lucky,” her mother, Meegan, said.

“But she trains really hard, and to go and play with the other top players from across the country is a really great opportunity for her to make friends that she’ll hopefully progress with over the next few years.”

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