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A major effort is underway to turn the raw tennis talent of the Pacific into players that can make it on the world circuit and perhaps even win a Grand Slam one day.
In Fiji, children in villages and communities are being introduced to a racquet in the hope someone with a special talent will emerge.
The man given that job believes in tennis miracles, because he is one himself.
Lemeki Veimateyaki or “Max” as he is universally known, was a security guard at a tennis court in Lautoka for half a decade before he decided to finally pick up a racquet.
Thanks in part to the Australian aid-funded Pacific Sports Partnerships, he is now a development officer and has recently visited Australia to expand his knowledge — his first trip overseas — aged 29.
Find out more at ABC: Guardians of the Game: Fiji's unlikely doubles team