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Caspian Ozden shows off his back-hand drop shot.
Caspian Ozden shows off his back-hand drop shot.

New Brighton tennis protégé Caspian Tuckwell was a finalist in both the singles and doubles at the NSW Country Championships held in Forster earlier this month.

His continued strong showing in his under-10 age group in both NSW and Queensland is turning heads, and setting a platform for a successful professional career, mum Ozden Tuckwell said.

The Byron Shire has plenty of talented people in arts and music and it was good for everyone that this was extending into the sport of tennis as well, she said.

Both of Caspian’s NSW Country finals were rained off, so he didn’t get a chance to go for the wins, she said.

His strong showing in the tournament capped off a big couple of years.

In 2016 he was Brisbane Age Winner, ANZ Foster 10s Boys Winner and the Casino Open 12s Winner, 10s Winner & Doubles Winner, as well as Mixed Doubles Winner.

In 2015 he was Queensland State Age Titles 10s Runner Up and Age Titles Doubles Winner, and Toowoomba Open Age Championships Singles Finalist & Doubles Winner.

‘We hope he will be an inspiration for other junior tennis players,’ his mother said.

Young Caspian comes from a tennis family and first took up the sport at age four, when he joined his mother for her practice sessions.

He is ‘humble and hard working’ according to his mum and trains before and after school, St John’s at Mullumbimby.

‘He can travel up to three hours a day just for the specialised training that is required as a junior tennis elite,’ she said.

Caspian is trained by former tennis professional Brendon Moore.

‘Our biggest focus on Caspian is his versatility and adapting to all surfaces of courts whether it be playing on grass, clay or hard courts,’ Ms Tuckwell said.

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