My short term goals and aspirations for my tennis, is to get my international ranking inside the top 100, so I play at least ¾ junior slams.
I am also aspiring to win one junior grand slam.
I want to become a top 100 junior, so that it makes the transition from pro tennis easier, as if you are top 100 ranked you get a wildcard into some of pro tournaments.
My biggest goal and long term goals in tennis is to win all the grand slams and become number one in the world. I also want to play and win a gold medal in the Olympics and to win the Davis Cup with NZ.
In 2010, the US Tennis Association estimated the cost to be a highly competitive professional tennis player was US143,000 a year - travel alone being at least $60,000. Only those ranked in the top 160 of the men's tour might contemplate breaking even on such costs.
It's a tough and solitary road, and many of us struggle to get the exposure necessary to compete on the global stage. Living so far away from the action doesn't improve the odds. The good news is, Kiwi's aren't one's for worrying about the odds...
NZ has seen many great tennis players, here's just a few names you may know:
1914 Anthony Wilding A world No.1 tennis player; won 11 Grand Slam titles.
He was killed in WW1, and is remembered as our
greatest player, and the worlds first tennis superstar
1973 Onny Parun An Australian Open finalist. Onny was top20 ranked in
the late 60's and early 70's, and he was the 1974
French Open Doubles champion
1983 Chris Lewis Reached the Wimbledon Finals as an unseeded player.
His highest singles ranking was 19. Secured 3 singles
and 8 doubles event titles
1983 Russell Simpson 6 doubles titles, highest singles ranking of 47
1990 Kelly Evernden Highest ranking 31 singles and 19 in doubles
1993 Brett Steven Career-high rankings 32 in singles and 16 in doubles
Reached the singles quarterfinals at Australian Open
Grand Slam event
1997 Alistair Hunt Highest world ranking 184 singles, 213 doubles
2011 Michael Venus Known for his doubles play highest ranking 12, career- high singles ranking 274
2012 Marina Erakovic Best world singles ranking 39, and 25 in doubles
2013 Rubin Statham Currently ranked 276, highest ranking 139
IFT Player Profile:
Aug 24, 2019
Best juniors in Australia battle in Tweed:
May 7, 2019
Falck rises up the ranks:
Feb 12, 2019
Falck takes junior title:
ITF title for up-and-coming Bishopdale tennis player:
Dec 17, 2018
Falck dominant on court:
Nov 29, 2018
Christchurch teen becomes youngest winner of 117 year old trophy:
Falck's turn to get familiar with trophy:
Oct 26, 2018
NZ Junior Titles claimed by local pair:
Mar 12, 2018
Congratulations Reece Falck on being selected in the TNZ Junior Davis Cup Team for 2018:
Achievements so far...
- NZ Junior Male Player of the Year
- Achieved first men’s ATP points at the M15 TeAnau event (Jan 2020)
- Last round of qualifying: Australian Open junior event 2020 (Grand Slam)
- First Round (after qualifying) : J1 event Tralalgon
- Boys Singles Finalist: 18U NZ National Championships (Dec 2019)
- Boys Doubles Finalist: 18U NZ National Championships (Dec 2019)
- Shirley Boys High School Sportsman of the Year 2019
- Boys Doubles Winner: ITF J3 Christchurch (Sep 2019)
- Boys Singles Finalist: ITF J5 Tay Ninh, Vietnam (16-21 Jul 2019)
- Boys Doubles Finalist: ITF J5 Tay Ninh, Vietnam (16-21 Jul 2019)
- Boys Singles Winner: ITF J4 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (8 Jul - 13 Jul 2019)
- Tennis Canterbury Junior Male Player of the Year (2018/9)
- Boys Doubles Winner: ITF J4 Ipoh, Malaysia (23 Apr - 28 Apr 2019)
- Boys Singles Finalist: ITF J4 Ipoh, Malaysia (23-28 Apr 2019)
- 16U New Zealand Junior Championships boys’ singles winner
- 16U New Zealand Junior Championships boys’ doubles runner-up
- Wilson Tennis Canterbury ITF championships Boys doubles winner
- Secondary schools boys champion team cup
- Canterbury Open Tennis Champion (all ages) youngest ever champion
- Nexia NZ Canterbury Sports Awards (Young Sportsman of the Year)
- Selected to represent NZ at Junior Davis Cup in Malaysia (under 16)