Taylah Preston is a tennis player who was awarded a Tier 3 Scholarship within the 2022 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
Taylah was born in Joondalup, Western Australia, in 2005 and discovered tennis at four years of age after attending a multi-sport program. In 2009, she joined Greenwood Tennis Club and remains a member to this day. She played her first tournament as a six-year-old and instantly loved the thrill of competition.
Motivated to enjoy more competition, Taylah began working with coach Brad and she soon rose through the ranks at district, state and national level. In 2015, she represented WA for the first time and in 2019 enjoyed a breakthrough year. She won the U/14 singles and doubles at the Australian Championships, and in the same year won the same titles at the Australian Grass Court Championships. This led to selection in the Australian team for the World Junior Teams event.
Highlights of her young career include representing her country at the WTA Future Stars event in Shenzhen, China, in 2019, and playing in the Australian Open Juniors event in 2020. In 2021, she was ranked number 1 in Australia for her birth year, and also won the WA women’s open championship.
Taylah attends the School of Isolated and Distance Education in order to manage her school and sporting commitments, and outside of tennis enjoys spending time with her family and animals. She plans to continue promoting her chosen sport once she stops playing, and is interested in a career with rescue animals.
“Receiving the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship means a lot to me as it provides extra support allowing me to be able to travel and gain more experience. This experience will help me to become the best I can and achieve the highest results possible.” – Taylah Preston on being selected as a 2022 Tier 3 Scholarship Holder.
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2020: Australian Open – Competed, Junior
- 2019: WTA Future Stars, Shenzhen – Represented Australia
- 2019: World Junior Teams – Represented Australia
- 2018: Tennis Australia European Junior Tour
- 2019: Tennis Australia European Junior Tour
- 2019: Australian Championships – U14 Singles Champion
- 2019: Australian Championships – U14 Doubles Champion
- 2019 Australian Grass Court Championships – U14 Singles Champion
- 2019 Australian Grass Court Championships – U14 Doubles Champion
- 2021: WA Open – Women’s Open Champion
- 2020: U18 State Championships – Singles Champion
- 2020: U18 State Championships – Doubles Champion
- 2019: Adelaide Junior ITF – Singles Champion
- 2019: Adelaide Junior ITF – Doubles Champion
- 2021: Darwin Junior ITF – Singles Champion
- 2021: Darwin Junior ITF – Doubles Champion
- 2021: Mornington Junior ITF – Doubles Champion
- 2022: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder – Tier 3