Goodwood Saints tennis prodigy Amber Marshall selected for elite European tour

June 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm

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Goodwood Saints tennis player Amber Marshall has been selected for an elite Tennis Australia tour of Europe.

This article is courtesy of: Matt Turner, Eastern Courier Messenger, June 06, 2013 12:12PM
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Tennis prodigy set for Europe’s best! Goodwood Saints tennis player Amber Marshall has been selected for an elite Tennis Australia tour of Europe.

The next Samantha Stosur might be playing for Goodwood Saints Tennis Club. Amber Marshall, 11, was last month among seven players her age – and the only South Australian – chosen for a Tennis Australia trip to Italy and Germany this week. They will play three clay court tournaments against some of Europe’s top youngsters and also attend a training camp.

Amber’s selection comes after impressive form in national and local ranks. She is ranked number two in Australia for her age, has won two national titles this year and is unbeaten after four matches in the women’s winter pennant competition. Playing overseas is the next step in her development, her coach Ben Milner says.

“The trip will give her access to playing some of the best European kids, playing on clay and experiencing a different culture over there,” Milner says.

“She’s starting to come along in leaps and bounds. She’s got huge potential (because) she’s so driven to keep getting better. With her mentality and work ethic, she could play Federation Cup for Australia, at a minimum.”

Amber picked up tennis by chance seven years ago while playing backyard cricket. Cricket bats were too heavy to use so her dad, Ian, handed her a tennis racquet and she has not looked back. Amber, who stands 155cm, says taking on players up to three times her age for the past year has fast-tracked her rise.

“They don’t like losing to me,” she says. Amber plans to win at least one of the European tournaments.

“I’m very excited,” she says. “It’s been a dream of mine to play overseas since I was little. I love my tennis and I want to make Australia proud.”