Tennis prodigy Emma has eye in

BIG DREAMS: Emma White.
BIG DREAMS: Emma White.

Fourth-generation tennis player Emma White finds a lounge wall in her home is good for practising.

"I hit against it with a foam ball and it makes mum angry," Emma, of Lorneville, said.

The 10-year-old takes every opportunity to improve her tennis skills. The time spent training has been reflected in Emma being named Tennis Southland's top point-scoring junior female at satellite tournaments for 2013-14. She also won The Eye Excellence Award, which recognises a player's commitment to attending tournaments and coaching, attitude and success on and off the court.

As a Southland representative in the 10s age group, Emma has not lost a singles match at No 1. Her results at tournaments throughout the South Island have been outstanding.

Her father Peter, a professional coach and former successful tennis player, enrolled Emma in the grasshoppers (introductory level of tennis) as a 4 year old. She started representing Southland three years later.

"She used to come along and watch me [playing or coaching] as a baby," Peter White said.

"I'm very pleased with her technical development and her personal development through the sport."

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