Young stars learn tennis secrets from top players

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 January, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 January, 1997, 12:00am

Two of the best junior tennis players in the territory will receive intensive tennis lessons from some of the world's top players this week in Australia.

Michael Wu and Natalie Banday set off on a Cathay Pacific flight to join the Nike Tennis International Camp in Melbourne.

The trip to Australia is one of the prizes awarded by Nike to Michael and Natalie for winning the Nike Hong Kong Junior Tennis Series '96 and their overall excellent performance in the recent Nike International Tennis Camp.

Both Michael and Natalie will have the chance to hit some strokes and learn the secrets of the game from some of the best Nike tennis players in the world who will be in Australia in preparation for the Australian Open tennis tournament.

'I am really excited to join the camp and I hope to meet Pete Sampras, Mary Pierce and Jim Courier,' Natalie said.

'It is a great opportunity for me to meet other junior tennis players in the region and share our experience. I hope my tennis skills will improve after the seven-day training,' Michael said.

In its fourth year, the main objective of the camp is to provide high level training to outstanding junior players in the Asia-Pacific region. They are selected through local tennis tournament or by recommendations of local tennis associations. All representatives are aged 16 or under.

This year, the camp features players from Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Indonesia.