High hopes in premier league

November 13, 2017

Tennis player Erik Holt-Crossman. Photo Luke Hemer.

ERIK Holt-Crossman is gearing up for a new season of tennis.

‘‘I’ve been spending a lot of time on my hitting and working through a few technical changes with my coaches,’’ the Echuca native said.

His goals are simple — work towards the Australian Futures series in March.

To achieve this, Holt-Crossman’s preparation will take him through the Tennis Victoria Premier League.

Holt-Crossman, who recently cracked the Australian top 100 rankings, will represent Geelong Lawn in the highest intra-club tournament in the state.

Some of the up and coming stars of tennis in Australia will be taking part in the tournament.

Jaimee Fourlis, who made the second round at the 2017 Australian Open, as well as Omar Jasika, who made the second round in 2016, Destanee Aiava and Matthew Dellavedova — the cousin of the basketball player of the same name — will also be taking part.

‘‘It’s a fantastic opportunity to go into a tournament like that, you come up against some of the best players in the country before we get to futures,’’ Holt-Crossman said.

‘‘It gives you the opportunity to gauge where you are development wise. These are people you will be playing a lot, so you know where you are against them. It also means you can identify the areas that you can improve for the next time you play them.’’

Five teams in both men’s and women’s sections will take part in the tournament, representing different clubs around the state.

The clubs include reigning women’s champions Liston, MCC Glen Iris Valley (who will host the grand final) and Kooyong.

His continued training has him in some of his best ever form and Holt-Crossman believes he can only get better as a player.

‘‘I think with the way we are working on my game I can only get better,’’ Holt-Crossman said.

‘‘I’ve been doing extra work with the coaches, doing more work in the gym making sure that I have more strength which will help my overall game. If we keep this up, I’ll be twice the player I was 12 months ago.’’

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