Aussie Junior through to 2nd round in Melbourne

January 24, 2010 by Henry Benjamin
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Up and coming tennis player Sean Berman has won his first round match in the Junior Boys’ Singles at Melbourne Park.

Sean Berman - eye on the ball Pic: Tennis Australia

The 17-yr-old Johannesburg-born Berman dropped his first set but went on to beat New Zealander Sebastian Lavie 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

Berman, who lives in Melbourne, won the Optus 16s Australian Championships at Melbourne Park last month….his first championship victory.

He turned 17 between the Optus tournament and the Australian Open.

In a report from Tennis Australia, Berman said after winning the champioship: “It’s great to play where all the legends like Agassi and Hewitt have.”

Berman made it to the semi-finals of the Optus 18s.

The new Melbournian should be well-prepared for the international scene. A spokesperson for Tennis Australia told J-Wire: “Sean was born in South Africa and moved to New Zealand when he was 18 months old. When he was 12, he moved to Los Angeles before coming to Australia. The family now lives in Caulfield and plans to stay put.”

The spokesperson told J-Wire that the family had received Australian residency and are waiting for final papers for Berman’s approved citizenship. He has been listed as an Australian player in the match schedules.

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