Tennis Australia chief says women’s shares are in good shape despite low entry

This was announced by TA’s director of professional tennis, Paul Kilderry Age They were still bullish on the 22-25 age group – Jaimee Fourlis, Kim Birrell, Priscilla Hon, Maddison Inglis, Destanee Aiava and co. – despite the younger couple Olivia Gadecki and Talia Gibson being two of the Open wildcards scored

Kilderry said Barty’s Australian Open titles, Tomljanovic’s Wimbledon and US Open quarterfinals, Saville trimming her rankings from outside the 600 to the top 50 and the country’s run to the Billie Jean King Cup final made for a strong year 2022 provided.

“There are some big names missing from the direct application list and we have every faith that the young group will pull through,” he said.

“They work hard and are not in the top 100 at the moment, but everyone has their path and we certainly do [still] believe in this next group.

“Everyone wants as many main field players as possible – I’m not going to shy away from that at all – but it’s a tough road. They’re all up for the challenge and we’re excited to see some of these players pushing forward and breaking into the top 100.”

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Much of Tiley and Kilderry’s excitement is based on Gadecki, Gibson, top-10 junior Taylah Preston – who is currently sidelined with a back injury after winning a round of Open qualifiers last year – and young savage Emerson Jones.

Jones is the highest ranked 14-year-old in the world and is already 35th in the ITF junior rankings.

“Emerson is doing great and we have three young women in the top 50 junior rankings [Gibson, Jones and Lily Taylor]so there’s a lot of green shoots,” Kilderry said.

“We’re really looking forward to them, but there’s a long road ahead with no guarantees.”

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/ta-boss-says-australian-women-s-tennis-in-really-good-shape-despite-low-entry-20230113-p5ccer.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_sport Tennis Australia chief says women’s shares are in good shape despite low entry

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