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Indigenous tennis carnival providing a pathway to professionalism

The ‘National Indigenous Tennis Carnival’ has been launched by Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Todd Woodbridge, and Tennis NT CEO Sam Gibson spoke to Julian King about the initiative to get more indigenous players to take part in tennis.

“It’s not a traditional sport in the indigenous community but we’re ultimately hoping to produce the next grand slam champion with an event like this,” said Gibson.

Indigenous players aged between 10 and 18 will travel from all states and territories to take part in the tournament in Darwin.

The top performers in the September carnival will win spots in the ITF-sanctioned Fijian Open, so there are now clear pathways for indigenous youngsters wishing to take their game further.

“Ash Barty is an indigenous ambassador at the moment and doing a great job on the international scene but we want to keep working on the next crew coming through.”

Click play below to listen to Sam Gibson speak with Julian King.