Shepparton tennis player Bruce Ferguson will compete at his fourth World Senior Championships for Australia next year and is thrilled to have been named captain of the 50 to 55-year-old team.MATTHEW GALEA December 20, 2013 4:05am
Bruce Ferguson is thrilled to be named an Australian captain for the World Senior Championships next year.
Bruce Ferguson never imagined his passion for tennis would take him across the world.
The Shepparton Bears superstar will represent Australia at his fourth World Senior Championships at Easter next year and after playing in Mallorca, Christchurch and San Diego, Florida is the next place where Ferguson will test his skills against the world’s best senior players.
Twenty-five countries from all corners of the globe send teams to the event, which compete in age groups starting at 35 and going up every five years, and although Ferguson is no stranger to the tournament, he carries the extra honour of being picked to captain the 50 to 55-year-old team.
‘‘You never take it for granted, but it’s a great honour,’’ Ferguson said.
‘‘There’s only four in the team, so there’s always a chance of being captain, but this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity.
‘‘We all know each other (in the team) and we’re all experienced and there’s not much to do, but to me it’s the honour, I think it’s great.’’
The captaincy means Ferguson will be responsible for ensuring all players have the required kit and have travel arrangements sorted, but with the 53-year-old already familiar with his teammates, he doesn’t expect the added responsibility to amount to too much.
The tournament will last for two weeks, the first week being a team event and the second week being an individual event, where Ferguson is hoping to improve on his previous efforts.
‘‘I’ll play in the individual event as well .
‘‘My aim is just to do at least as good as that, but it’s a new surface called ‘green clay’ that I’ve never played on before, so it might depend on that because it’s all a bit different.’’
Ferguson will have his own personal cheer squad in tow with his family travelling with him.
‘‘It’s great to have that support,’’ Ferguson said.
‘‘It’s why I started playing the seniors event 10 years ago.
‘‘They select the teams from the senior events from around the country .
‘‘It’s just a great experience.’’
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