Ruby Rothman is on her way to fulfilling her dream of becoming a pro tennis player after receiving a scholarship to the prestigious Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.
At just 13 years old, Ruby can now add the five-year John Fitzgerald scholarship to an already impressive playing record.
The Maryborough local has played at state level and represented Victoria numerous times, ranking number 12 at the invitation-only 12 and under Australian Clay Court Championships held in 2016.
In January this year she competed at the national championships in Adelaide as part of a four-person team for Victoria, with the side just missing out on overall champions after coming second to Queensland.
Ruby can now further her skills by taking full advantage of the Kooyong tennis club’s top level facilities for the next five years.
Founded in 1892, the Melbourne club has produced multiple Wimbledon winners and has seen many international stars on its courts.
The club’s main event, the Kooyong Classic, regularly attracts leading international players.
After applying for the scholarship and travelling to the club for a skills assessment, Ruby received an acceptance letter two weeks ago.
“I get everything at Kooyong, physios, personal trainers and coaches so that’s pretty good,” Ruby said.
Next year she will begin travelling to Melbourne to train at the club two to three times a week.
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