Teen tennis star’s YouTube video a smash hit in Hawaii

W50852H14''West Worthing Tennis Club players Stefan Coney going to play tennis at a Hawaiian University SUS-141215-164550001

W50852H14''West Worthing Tennis Club players Stefan Coney going to play tennis at a Hawaiian University SUS-141215-164550001

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AN EAST PRESTON teenager secured a scholarship to a Hawaiian university after posting a video of his tennis skills on YouTube.

Stefan Coney, 18, of Arlington Crescent, will jet off to Hawaii in January to begin studying for a four-year exercise science degree.

A West Worthing Tennis Club member, Stefan, first thought about making a ‘recruitment’ video two years ago, following conversations with his tennis friends.

The nine minutes-long video was posted on October 13. In it, Stefan displays his forehand, backhand, smash and serve skills.

Stefan, who started playing at the age of seven, said: “I am ecstatic about this opportunity I have been given. And if it wasn’t for the club, I would never have had it. They have supported me since I was young.

“My family are really pleased with me but I think my mum’s a bit emotional.

“A lot of my friends are out there (America) playing college tennis, so it will be nice to get out there with them. They provide your training, coaching and entry to all the tournaments. In return, you study and get your degree. It’s a no-brainer, you get the best of both worlds.”

The University of Hawaii Hilo was not the only institution that showed interest in the talented tennis player.

Universities in Florida, Ohio and California all offered him a place, but it was the location and the deal offered by Hawaii Hilo that proved the most attractive as well as the tougher competition on offer. He hopes, upon graduating, to go into sports management.

To see his video, click here.