Cecil Hills High School student Andre De Oliveira used his big forehand to win the open boys’ singles title at the recent NSW CHS Individual Tennis Championships.
The no.4 seed upset the top seed to win the final 7-6 and be crowned state champion.
“It was great to win the final,” he said. “The game was very close and I managed to win the tiebreak 7-1.”
I try to model my game on another left-hander, Fernando Verdasco.
The Bonnyrigg Heights residents backed up his title at the State championships with a strong showing at the All Schools Championships where he was selected in the NSW State team.
The 16-year-old will represent NSW at the National Championships next month.
This year marks 10 years since Andre starting playing tennis having joined after watching his brother play.
So what’s the best part of his game?
“I’d say my forehand. I try to model my game on another left-hander, Fernando Verdasco,” he said. “Not many players are left-handed and we have a different game structure to right-handers so it gives us a little bit of an advantage.”