Launceston tennis coach James Bolzonello first cast his eye on a freckled kid from Deloraine and he knew there was something special.
Jack Heathcote inside just 12 months has turned that potential into a wildcard spot for next month's Australian junior championships.
The 12-year-old is set to join Kiran Naidoo, 14, from the North in the end-of-the-year titles for the best young players from not only around the nation but also from Asia.
"One of the best things that such a top kid like Jack will take away from the event is the environment with the 12 and unders, 14 and unders, 16 and unders, and 18 and unders all happening at the same time," Bolzonello said.
"For Jack, it's his first time, so it's really a big milestone."
Even before this chance, Heathcote had been invited to the national super 10s for talented-aged competitors that coincided with access to the 2018 Australian Open.
Heathcote had only come under the expert tutelage of a new coach after Matthew Carswell set the groundwork.
"Even before I took him on, he obviously had potential," Bolzonello said.
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"He had some real potential within his game.
"The training with myself, we have just tried to increase the quality of training.
"I wanted to get him on court a lot more regularly, which has really helped his improvement."
Bolzonello already noticed from one summer into the next, things have changed.
"Now that he is a bit older, he is a little bit more focused on what he wants to achieve in his tennis," he said.
"Earlier in the year after representing Tasmania in the Bruce Cup, coming back from that event is something that willed him to want to become a little bit stronger.
"That's when he actually could see the level of the kids that he had to be at.
"So he started to put a lot more effort into this training."
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