John Peers Olympic Bronze Medal

Representing Australia in his second Olympic games John Peers has come away with a sensational result winning a bronze medal in Tokyo. Teaming up with fellow Kooyong member and World number one Ash Barty in the mixed doubles the pair won through the preliminary rounds before going down to the eventual Gold Medallists. They then claimed the bronze after Novak Djokovic and partner Nina Stojanovic pulled out of the medal playoff. A proud moment for John, partner Ash and the Kooyong Foundation!

Gilheany Wins First ITF Junior Singles Title

Roisin Gilheany won her first 18/U ITF Junior singles title in Preveza, Greece. Currently based in Spain, Gilheany beat Greece’s Dimitra Pavlou 7-5, 6-1 in the final. She also won the doubles event in Preveza, and followed up with another doubles victory in Ioannina Greece, her third ITF junior doubles title. The wins take Roisin’s junior ranking to 377 in the World.

Victorian State Team Selection

Some of our best young players were selected to represent Victoria at the Australian national teams event played on the Gold Coast in June. Nikolas Baker (11/u), Ymerali Ibraimi (13/u), Koharu Nishikawa (13/u), Charlotte Vanstone-Mcgrath (13/u), Gabrielle Villegas (15/u) were all chosen to represent Victoria in their respective age groups. Well done to everyone!

Polmans Dream Wimbledon Debut

Marc Polmans made the dream Wimbledon singles debut. After winning 3 matches in the qualifying rounds, Polmans faced off against veteran Yen-Hsun Lu in the first round of main draw. Polmans prevailed in a tough 4-set encounter 6-2, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1. The win will go down as one of his best in his career so far and will see his ranking jump back on the edge of the World’s top 100 players.

Kooyong Foundation Corporate Pro Am

The inaugural Kooyong Foundation Corporate Pro Am will take place December 13th to be played on Kooyong’s famous grasscourts with the final on our historic stadium centre court. Featuring a host of former and current professional players followed by a cocktail event, this is set to be an enjoyable day for all involved. The Pro Am will act as a major fundraiser for the Foundation to help support up and coming players on their tennis journey.

Kooyong Scholarship Recipients 2021

Congratulations to our new scholarship recipients for 2021:
Nikolas Baker
Jessica Board
Sophie Brooks-Gay
Klaire Elkin
Oliver Elmslie

John Laidlaw Award Winners 2021

The John Laidlaw Award named after former Kooyong Foundation patron and one of its most generous donors was presented to a male and female scholarship holder who have excelled as a player and made a significant contribution to club activities at KLTC in the past year.

US College Pathway

The Kooyong Foundation currently have an impressive 13 players on tennis scholarships in the USA. This has been an increasingly popular pathway for players to take and continue their tennis development after juniors whilst also having the opportunity to study and earn a university degree.

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