Nathan named in NSW side

FOR the second time in a little over a year, 13-year-old tennis player Nathan Monck will represent NSW.

In 2012 Nathan captained a NSW primary school team to a win against all other States in the Bruce Cup played in Perth.

Now he will represent NSW in the national Australian Made Foundation Cup to be played in Melbourne next month.

Nathan is the Manning River Times-Iguana Sportstar of the Week, earning a $50 open order at Iguana.

The Australian Made Foundation Cup gives children aged 13 and under from across rural and regional Australia the opportunity to participate in competitive tennis at the highest level.

Four boys and four girls make up the State sides. Selection is based on points gained from tournaments played throughout the year.

Nathan has enjoyed a busy and successful season on courts throughout NSW and had an inkling he was in line to make the State side.

He competes in tournaments about once every three weeks anywhere from Sydney to Grafton and out to Tamworth and Armidale. His best performance was at the North Coast Open held in Coffs Harbour where he made the finals of the under 16 singles and boy's doubles.

Nathan is still eligible for the under 14s as he will be next year, although he regularly plays in the older age group to encounter stronger opposition.

He started playing tennis when he was about seven and is a member of the Forster Tennis Club.

The Australia Made Foundation Cup will be played at the Royal South Yarra Tennis Club from January 6 to 10.

The trip will also include a night watching qualifying matches for the Australian Open.

When not playing tennis Nathan turns his hand to football with Wallamba Wizards and Futsal in the Manning competion.

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