STAR IN THE MAKING: Jimboomba-based tennis player, Joshua Irwin, aims to improve his Tennis Australia ranking in 2017. Photo: Louise Starkey

Joshua Irwin is living proof hard work and dedication pays off.

The 16-year-old has trained with theFuture Pros TennisAcademy for over a decade, and has only just started to make his mark, climbing the tennis playing ladder, in the past 12 months.

Joshua excelledat theGold CoastCircuit of theJunior Development Series–winning the under 17s boys division–last year, and went on to scorefourth place at theHead QLD State Age competition in Rockhampton.

Now, the enthusiastic athlete said his eyes were set on becoming the best.

Joshua’s new yearresolution will be to improve his technique and mindset on the court, as well as his Tennis Australia ranking.

“I’m currently sitting around the 1600 mark and that’s up against the big guys like Nick Kyrgios, who is number one at the moment,” he said.

“I’m aiming to get to around the 1000 mark in the next 12 months or even 800 if I smash it.”

Future Pros TennisAcademy coaches Kiel Lindnerand AJ Thompson said Joshua had “huge potential” if the athletecontinued to train hard.

“Josh’s head space is probably his biggest downfall at the moment,” Kiel said.

“We need to get him focused and up his training, from three to seven hours on to about 15 hours training each week.

“He’s got what it takes and if he keeps going, pushing through the early mornings and not passing up training because he wants to sleep, there will be no stopping him.

“The talent is there and his skill set is second to none, and we’re really hoping to see him on the international circuit in the next few years.”

AJ said another goal on Joshua’s list will be to train for the 2017 Australian Money Tournamentseries–an array of semi-professional tournaments.

“He’ll start out training for, and doing, the Junior Tour and will go on to the Australian Money Tournament,” she said.

“Josh will also be looking to ramp up his school grades so he can look into the option of attending a tennis college, in America, after school.”

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