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Northport's Cannon Kingsley wins Australian Open boys opener

Northport's Cannon Kingsley plays a backhand in his

Northport's Cannon Kingsley plays a backhand in his first round Junior Boys' Singles match against Tom Evans of Australia during the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Saturday. Credit: Getty Images/Chris Hyde

Cannon Kingsley of Northport, the ninth seed in the Australian Open boys draw, won his opening match on Saturday, defeating Tom Evans of Australia, 6-1, 6-4. This is Kingsley’s fourth consecutive appearance in a Grand Slam juniors.

Kingsley, 17, reached the semifinal of a junior event in Australia leading into the Open and has an International Tennis Federation ranking of 14th in the world.

“His serve has definitely gotten more aggressive and strong,” said his father, Harry Kingsley, who watched a video of the match. “And his return is really doing a lot of damage.”

Kingsley is traveling with his mother Jeanne, and his coach Christian del los Rios of Christopher Morley Tennis.

“Cannon is playing much smarter,” said del los Rios via text from Melbourne. “Constructing points, playing with more angles and varieties, opening the court before driving the ball.”

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