Saving to serve up year on French Riviera for tennis prodigy sons
COUNTY Cork resident Lucas Sadauskas has high hopes for his two sons. He wants them to become tennis professionals.
Mr Sadauskas and his wife Meile invest almost all the money they have into the boys' educational and sporting development.
But they are facing larger bills than most families this autumn for the back-to-school period.
They have taken out a large loan with Permanent TSB after managing to get the two tennis prodigies into a special tennis academy in Nice, France, where they will head next month with tennis rackets and school bags.
The cost of sending their sons to a boarding school in France is a massive drain on the family finances, he said.
The family came here from Lithuania 14 years ago and are now based in Mallow in Cork.
Dovydas (14) and Domantas (16) are among the best tennis players in the country. The boys have the physiques to be sports pros. Dovydas is already 6ft 1in, while his bother is 6ft 3in.
Mr Sadauskas, whose real first name is Vitalijus, goes by the name of Lucas as it is easier to pronounce, he said.
He works as a retail store manager in Cork, while his wife works part-time as a cleaner but is aiming to get work as a stylist.
The hope is that the young tennis players will eventually win a sports scholarship to the US, Mr Sadauskas said.
"They are very good tennis players. That is certainly what we are trying to believe," he joked.
"The loan from Permanent TSB will help us make it through the first year of the academy in France. We will then need to build up our savings. Everything we spend is around the boys," Mr Sadauskas added.