The son of Adelaide Crows superstar Tony Modra is making a name for himself on the tennis court

Nine-year-old tennis gun Luke Modra, the son of former AFL football Tony Modra and wife Erica, has been selected in the state Super 8s Under 11 squad.

Luke trialled and was selected, and is also part of the State Development Squad.

Luke recently represented the Hills-Fleurieu region as the number one player in the 11&under Foundation Cup team, competing in the state regional championship event in Berri.

Luke has now been selected in the SA 2021/22 Summer Season of Super 10s. Sixteen boys and 16 girls in the state are selected and can turn 11 during the competition.

Played with green balls, this competition allows the best 10-year-olds in the state to come together and receive quality matchplay against their peers.

They compete in a team and receive advice and support from their team managers, who include South Australian tennis greats like Sandon Stolle, Brod Dyke, Colin Ebelthite and Codie George.

In the first round of the Super 10s competition, Luke was awarded the Dylan Alcott award, for competitiveness, fighting spirit and hard work.

To get selected in Super 10s, Luke competed successfully in a trial day and a tournament. Selectors also look for good attitude, sports-personship, independence to pack own bags for matches and practice, good warm up routines and players who regularly practice without a coach.

The young players must be able to differentiate speed and spin on first and second serves, rally crosscourt for 10-15 shots with variation of shots, use approach, drive volley, volley and smash in an offensive way, and keep great posture and balance.

In addition to the Super 10s schedule, Luke goes in regular tournaments across the state. Most weekends Luke plays A grade League in Adelaide and is possibly the youngest ever player in the local division 1 junior competition, in a team for Victor Harbor Tennis Club with sister Hayley (13-years).

Luke is coached by his mum, Erica Modra, who is a respected and fully qualified coach in the association.

"Luke has good mates at almost every tennis club in our region and plays with them a few times a week. He still finds time for his other favourite sports - footy and soccer, and enjoys school in Year 4 at Investigator College," Erica said.

"A Year 4 project on the Tokyo Olympics inspired Luke to pursue tennis, because AFL is not an Olympic sport."

Luke hopes to compete for the Australian Davis Cup team, but also wants to be an AFL player like his dad was after he's been to an Olympics for tennis. Luke acknowledges he will have to make sacrifices to achieve his goals, but he thinks it is worth the try.

"I do not have much time to work with Luke one-on-one, as I am busy coaching close to 100 children across five clubs in the Great Southern Tennis Association at the moment," Erica said.

"Luke and Hayley are assistant coaches with me, helping other kids learn to play tennis."

Erica expects the number and ability of players in local tennis clubs to continue to rise.

"It's such a fun family sport, it is not an easy sport and it helps kids develop resilience and perseverance. Tennis wouldn't happen without the wonderful clubs and volunteers across our region and everyone should give it a go," Erica said.