Polmans Breakthrough Year

Marc Polmans' rise on the ATP tour continued in 2020, playing in all Grand Slam main draw singles events for the calendar year.

In front of a raucous home crowd Polmans won his first main draw Grand Slam singles match over Mikhail Kukushkin in January at the Australian Open in a tough 5 setter.

He also had great success in doubles reaching the quarter-finals at the AO.

He went on to contest the US Open singles in September and followed this up with an impressive victory at the French Open where he defeated 43rd ranked frenchman Ugo Humbert.

The wins were just reward for Polmans who is known as one of the hardest workers in Australian tennis.

He hit a career high throughout 2020 of 116 in the World and finished the year at 124.

Polmans will look to continue his Grand Slam success in 2021 starting off with the Australian Open where he has been awarded a singles main draw wild card.


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.

Josh Charlton who just finished his sophomore (second) year at Oregon University is thriving in the college tennis environment. He’s been consistently ranked in singles and doubles in division 1 men’s tennis including reaching a high of 14 in singles and 8 in doubles.

“College for me has been really good so far, I’ve been in an environment where I have a lot of resources at my fingertips and am immersed in a professional culture. I’m getting exposure to a diverse range of opponents which I wouldn’t get anywhere else which is definitely good to keep building my game along with gaining many new experiences. Along with travelling to new places each week and dealing with different environments. I think my game has continued to improve while I’ve been here, and I always look forward to coming back to Melbourne over the break to represent the Yong and just overall keep improving to get to where I want to be. Along with great competition I think the academic side is very rewarding as well. There’s not many places where you can have the opportunity to succeed both on court and in the classroom. Even though the schedule is very intense it’s something that I think will pay off in the long run finishing as a better tennis player along with a University degree.”

Josh is one example of a young player excelling in the college environment and many more Foundation players are looking to follow this pathway and attain tennis scholarships in the coming years.

List of Foundation players on a tennis scholarship at a US College:
Josh Charlton - Oregon University
Jeremy Taylor - Memphis University
Corey Clarke - University of Arkansas
Annabelle Andrinopoulos - Colorado University/ Indiana University
Connor Di Marco - Tulsa University
Jasmin Starr - University of Texas San Antonio
Sophie Storch - Hawaii University
Stefan Storch - Texas A&M University
Ted Williams - Campbell University
Ben Grumley - William Woods University
Stefan Storch - Texas A&M University
Grace Roberts - South Western College Kansas
Amy Stevens - Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee (commencing August 2021)
Cooper White - University Central Florida (commencing August 2021)


Success At State Championships

Kooyong Foundation players enjoyed a highly successful Victorian State Championships in Bendigo.

Cooper Errey played some impressive tennis not dropping a set on his way to winning the 16/U singles title.

He also took out the boy's doubles event.

11-year-old Koharu Nishikawa had a great result in taking out the 14/U doubles title, as well as making a strong run to the Semi Finals of the singles event.

More doubles success followed for Foundation players with Eliza Dunbar taking out the 16/U title and Jemma Carbis the 18/U doubles.

Grace Darcy also had success at the QLD state championships winning the 16/U doubles title.


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.

Presented at the 2021 new scholarship induction event, our two winners for 2020 were Grace Fountain and David Qariaqus.

Despite a limited year on court both Grace and David showed significant improvement, had some fantastic results on court and gave back to the club in many ways proving to be deserved winners of the annual award.

As well as receiving the John Laidlaw trophy both players are given $2000 towards their tennis development.

Congratulations Grace and David!

Cooper White IMG

One of the highlights for the Kooyong Foundation in 2020 was sending one of our finest young players, Cooper White, to the US to attend one of the most prestigious tennis academies in the world the IMG Academy in Florida.

Founded by one of the world’s finest coaches, Nick Bollettieri, it was there that stars like Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Serena Williams and many others honed their game.

A group of Foundation and Club officials who were involved in raising the funds for the trip, which was also financially supported by his parents.

Cooper enjoyed a fruitful 3-month stint at IMG training with some of the best young players in the World and touring pros.

Pictured with Cooper are (from left): Frank Opray, Brendan Rice, Cooper’s father Evan White, Foundation Chairman Peter Quinn, Geoff Nash, Cooper’s sister Mackenna, Richard Neville-Smith, Club Vice-president Brian Capp, Neville Bertalli and Cooper’s mother Anna.

The Foundation and the Club have every reason to be proud of his development since joining the Foundation Scholarship program and expect him to have a very bright future.

Kooyong Scholarship Recipients 2021

Congratulations to our new scholarship recipients for 2021:
Nikolas Baker
Jessica Board
Sophie Brooks-Gay
Klaire Elkin
Oliver Elmslie
Baxter Errey
Hayden Heng
Ymerali Ibraimi
Emmanuel Sorpardi
Nicolas Tremblay
Gabrielle Villagas
Madeleine Wilson