Corke getting ready to head Down Under

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Newmarket Real Tennis Club member Sebastian Corke is preparing to head Down Under to take part in the prestigious Boomerang tournament held in Melbourne, Australia.

The tournament, which is played biennially in January over two weeks, sees teams of eight players compete as doubles in groups of four teams.

For Corke, who began playing at the age of 12 at the Newmarket-based club, his inclusion arose following a chance conversation with club professional, Andrew Knibbs.

The 21-year-old had made the decision to work in Australia from February, but will now travel a month earlier than expected after Knibbs suggested he become part of the Brigands team.

“It started out as a bit of a joke in all honesty,” said Knibbs.

“He mentioned he was heading over to Australia to work for a bit at the beginning of the new year and I joked he should play in the Boomerang tournament.

“One thing led to another and after a few discussions with the other team members he became part of the team.

“The Boomerang is a really huge and prestigious event with around 30 to 40 teams taking part in front of huge crowds.

“It will be a great experience for Seb and he will absolutely love it over there.

“It will be amazing for him just to be part of it all, the tournament itself is something really big over there.”