My name is Peter Lumsden and I am the coach of local Melbourne
professional tennis player Stephen Huss. Huss, who began Wimbledon ranked 102 in the world at doubles, has paired with
South African Wesley Moodie, ranked 140, and together have advanced through
qualifying rounds to the semi finals. Huss and Moodie defeated
Woodbridge and Bhupati from India in straight sets in the second round.

After that success they knocked out the number nine seeds and then the number three seeds, both in
straight sets, and now wait to play in the semi final on Friday night
our time as you can see from this report. They will play top seeds Jonas Bjorkman and Max Myrni after they had a straight sets victory last night.

If Huss and Moodie were to get up and win the tournament, which is now a
real possibility, they will be the first
pair in the Open era to come through qualifying to win the tournament.
Adding a human interest side to this Cinderella story is that his coach
(me) cannot be there this year as I have been in hospital for the
duration of the tournament receiving a hip replacement and I have been
coaching Steve via text messages and phone calls each day from the
hospital bed.

Stephen Huss’s story is remarkable, together we have gone from a local
“hack” as described in The Age yesterday to a real threat of
being Australia’s next number one doubles player, especially having put
Todd Woodbridge in retirement which leaves a huge hole in our Davis Cup
team for the next few years.

Huss and I have been working together since at age 17 he was not good
enough to be part of Tennis Australia’s funded squads and together we
have created the success you see currently at Wimbledon. I have self
funded coaching Huss for over 10 years, travelling around Australia in
the early days to then paying my way overseas to help this young man.
Our story is very special, a story of overcoming all odds to still get
success at the highest level of tennis, thousands of hours of “free”
coaching to prove people wrong.

If you would like the chance to do an article on this please feel free
to contact me at home, I have discharged myself early from hospital to
get home and watch his matches this weekend.

CRIKEY: It will be interesting to see if “Lummo” attracts any media
interest. It certainly sounds like a good story, especially if Lleyton
gets nailed by Federer, leaving Huss flying the Aussie flag through the
weekend.

Peter Fray

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