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2020 Australian Tennis Recruit – Lara Unkovich

The Person

About Me:

  • Highly self-disciplined and motivated
  • Competitive with an inner desire to succeed in all aspects
  • Natural leader with an ability to engage with, and motivate others
  • Takes feedback well with a drive to improve at every opportunity
  • Resilient with a sense of humor and ability to focus on the next milestone

Leadership & Community:

  • 2019 – Mosman High School – Induction into the Year 12 Leadership Council
  • 2019 – Part of the Year 12 Student Leadership Team as the ‘Sport Representative’ for the Student Representative Council (SRC)
  • 2017 – Peer Support Leader
  • Worked with children in a coaching capacity at Voyager Tennis (Warringah Recreation Centre)

Personal Quote:

"As someone who has been completely infatuated with the sport for as long as I can remember, I pinch myself at the opportunity to explore college tennis. To be able to improve my tennis potential, create life long friendships and undertake an important role in a team is what wholeheartedly thrills me."


The Athlete

Height:

5 ft 6

Right-handed

Strengths:

  • Aggressive topspin forehand and backhand
  • Tenacious with a resilient positive attitude on court
  • Secure serve
  • Great hands at net
  • Strong and intuitive doubles skills
  • Tactically aware

Teams Represented:

  • 2019 – Won the Sydney Women’s Premier Badge Team Competition. The team included two former college players from Harvard and Montana State University
  • 2019 – Australian Women’s National Ranking: 153
  • Mosman High School Knock Out Tennis Team Captain
  • 2016 – Mosman High School Bronze Medallist in the Combined High Schools Floris Conway Cup
  • 2016 – Mosman High School Knock Out Zone – Champion
  • 2016 – U16 NSW State Teams Championships – Champion

Athletic Highlights

Awards Received:

  • 2019 – Certificate of Achievement for CHS State Finalists in Open Girls Tennis – Mosman High School
  • 2019 – Certificate of Excellence for Grade 12 Outstanding Report – Mosman High School
  • 2017 – Sports Blues Award Mosman High School
  • 2016 – Sports Blues Award Mosman High School

Best Wins:

  • Ameliija Swaffer-Self (UTR 8.83) 6-4 6-3
  • Nikki Milner (UTR 8.31) 3-6 6-3 6-3
  • Kiana Mokhtari (UTR 9.34 – AR 139) 2-6 7-5 6-4
  • Dori Mesmer (Div 1 Virginia Tech University) 6-4 7-5
  • Natasha Russell (UTR 10.49 – AR 62) 6-4 3-6 12-10
  • Kirijana Petreski (UTR 9.19 – AR 145) 4-6 7-6 (7) 7-6 (1)
  • Ben Rankin (UTR 8.55) 6-3 5-7 7-6 (4)
  • Tayah Cross (UTR 8.12 – Div 1 University of North Carolina) 6-4 1-6 6-3

Close loss:

  • Anne-Marie Medcalf (UTR 10.69 – AR 57 – WTA 1179) 2-6 6-3 3-10
  • Amy Stevens (UTR 10.15 – AR 69) 3-6 3-6
  • Tamara Bajagic (UTR 8.91 – AR 115) 4-6 4-6
  • Bojana Marinkov (UTR 11.12 – AR 38 – WTA 1020) 4-6 6-4 3-6
  • Genevie Ulanday (UTR 9.41 – Div 1 Jacksonville State University) 6-3 4-6 4-6
  • Luna Jokanovic (UTR 8.52– AR 123) 6-4 4-6 5-10
  • Zara Brankovic (UTR 10.07 – AR 72) 6-3 6-4

The Student

Attends:

Mosman High School, NSW Australia

SAT Result:

  • Reading and Writing: 680
  • Maths: 590
  • Total Score: 1270

Predicted GPA:

TBA

Preferred Course of Study:

Undecided

Academic Awards/Achievements:

  • Letter of Commendation in Year 12 HSC Advanced English
  • Mosman High School Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Report (5 years running semesterly through years 7-11)
  • Principal’s Gold Award (Years 7-11)
  • 1st in Year for Year 11 Preliminary PDHPE (Yearly Report)
  • 1st in year for Year 11 Preliminary Spanish Beginners (Yearly Report)
  • 1st in year for Year 11 Preliminary PDHPE (Half Yearly Report)
  • 2nd in year for Year 11 Preliminary Biology (Half Yearly Report)
  • 1st in class for Year 10 PASS and Mandatory History
  • Certificate of Academic Achievement Year 10 1st Place – Spanish
  • 1st in class for Year 9 PDHPE and Physical Activity and Sport Studies (PASS)

References, Resume & High School Transcript

Coach Reference: Click to View

School Reference: Click to View

School Reference: Click to View

Student Athlete Resume: Click to View


If you feel that this student could be a good fit, please contact our Talent Coordinator:

Chris Bates
Phone: +61 407 639 551 | Email: chris@studyandplayusa.com.au | Skype: chris.bates4