Logan Paulson to join Australian contingent at Hong Kong junior teams tennis event

Logan Paulson will head to Hong Kong with an Australian contingent for a junior tennis event.
Logan Paulson will head to Hong Kong with an Australian contingent for a junior tennis event.

Tinonee's Logan Paulson is gearing up to take her burgeoning tennis talents overseas for the first time.

The 15-year-old is part of an Australian contingent headed for Hong Kong to take part in a junior teams challenge.

Based on a format similar to the Davis Cup, Logan is not sure of the full details of the event but is certain a lot of singles and doubles tennis is on the cards against players from around the world.

She'll be joined by players from Tamworth, Coffs Harbour and the Sunshine Coast.

"I'm really excited, it's a good opportunity," Logan said.

The event doubles as a development exercise as coaches are able to take the court to give players advice of required.

Logan's opportunity became available through the Evonne Goolagong Foundation.

In the past two years, Logan has featured in a State camp in Sydney and two trips to Melbourne as part of a national camp.

Playing in Hong Kong will be unfamiliar territory for the youngster, with her longest trip for competition being Darwin in the Northern Territory.

Her passion for the game started at seven years of age.

Logan splits her training time between Tinonee, Forster and Wingham.

She plays in competitions between Sydney and Grafton all year round but hasn't taken to the court too many times in 2019.

"There hasn't been that much on," she said.

She considers one her best successes as coming close to winning a teams event in Queensland.

Recently, Logan was part of Taree High School's side that made it through to the final of the Combined High Schools Challenge.

Unfortunately, they dropped the decider to Dungog.

The side's progression in the series may not be over, with an opportunity to advance to the next stage at Nelson Bay if qualified schools are unable to attend.

Not being reliant on team success is what Logan enjoys about tennis.

"It's not the pressure you have in a team sport, it's individual so if you make a mistake it's on you, you don't feel like you need to do good for everyone else," she said.

She's confident in her ability to make a career out of tennis.

"I'd like to play in the Australian Open or Wimbledon," Logan said.

If that doesn't keep her busy, Logan plies her trade in hockey locally as a prolific goal keeper in the Manning Valley Women's A-grade competition.

"I play representative but I don't really compete like I do with tennis," Logan said.