Daniel cracks the top 1000

SLICE…Daniel Hobart moving swiftly to the ball in a recent match of the Australian Futures Tour.Our tennis star Daniel Hobart has cracked the top 1000 in the world, with a current singles ranking of 989 and doubles ranking of 899.

This is a huge jump from the position he finished in at the end of last year, with a singles ranking of 1839 and doubles 983.

Daniel put his improvement down to, “working hard and gaining more experience”.

The 17-year-old has been busy refining his skills and technique all over the world in that last few month and this past week in Alice Springs, as a part of the Australian Futures Tour. Returning home to Mount Barker soon, Daniel, formerly of Port Pirie, will finalise his Year 12 commitments and move freely into his well- deserved professional tennis career.

Daniel has been recently nominated for the Sport SA Country Athlete of the Year award, with the winners soon to be announced.

His booked-up schedule with tournaments in the Australian Futures Tour will see him through to Christmas, after which Daniel will be completely focused on the Australian Open.

His father Brenton Hobart said Daniel will be hoping to do well in the junior singles competition, make the qualifying finals for the men’s singles and also perform well in the doubles at the Australian Open.

Reflecting on his progressively improving performance, Daniel said, “There is still a lot of work to do”.

The young gun is definitely one to keep your eye on as he climbs through the ranks at a rapid rate.

Daniel said he hopes to crack the top 500 by the end of next year.

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