The second week of our summer tour saw sixteen of our youngsters competing in The Canterbury Open. Being so close to home meant that tents could be swopped for home comforts!!! The tournament was well attended by the families of players and coaches, Eb Appeti, Richard Myall, Helen Shattower and Faye Robertson.
During the week all our players put in some fantastic performances. In the Under 8 draw three Appeti Academy players Ciaran Brewer, JoJo Thomas, Oliver Richards and one of our foundation players, Peter Jones battled through a field of 16 youngsters. Ciaran, JoJo and Oliver all won their boxes to go through to the next round. Once again all of them played some great tennis with JoJo and Oliver winning through to meet in an all Appeti final. This saw both boys matching each other but after some exciting points JoJo battled through to take the crown!
Congratulations also go to Saffron Taylor who competed in the Mini Green event where she won 2 out of 3 matches in her box and after a hard fought third/fourth play off walked away in fourth place.
Our older players equally did us proud.
Well done to Graham Hunt, a pupil at The Canterbury High School, as this was his first external tournament and he put in a solid performance any player would have been proud of.
On Finals Day each of the six matches being played had an Appeti Academy player in them as well as three juniors coached by Appeti Tennis as part of The Canterbury High School's Gifted and Talented programme.
In the Boys 12 and Under final Alex Mount showed his fighting spirit against Thomas Pullen, where after losing the first set 2-6, he rallied in an exciting and close second set, only losing by one break, 4-6. Well done to Alex, who as well as being part of the Appeti Academy, is also coached by us as part of The Canterbury High School's Gifted and Talented programme. Alex is a great sportsman and is sure to achieve more in the future.
Nancy Gullet was runner up in the Girls 14 and Under draw, after a slow start Nancy began to find her range and started to make a come back but unfortunately ran out of time. Her final score against Lucy Roper was 1-6, 2-6, with the second set score not reflecting how close the match actually was.
The Boy's 16's and 18's draw both featured the Number 1 and 2 seeds. Appeti Academy player Spencer Pells faced Thomas Hubble, also coached by Appeti Tennis as part of The Canterbury High School's Gifted and Talented programme. Both matches proved to be very tense and exciting with the boys displaying some great tennis. In the first match Thomas won a long first set in the tie break, 8-6 and went on to win the second set 6-4. The second match followed a similar pattern with Thomas winning a close first set with many breaks of serve 6-4 and then going on to win the second set 6-2. Congratulations to Thomas on winning both matches and well done to Spencer who played some great tennis during the week and who is looking forward to the rest of the Summer.
Evie Robertson played a solid match in the Girl's 12 and Under Final to become the 12 and under Girls Canterbury Open Champion 2010. Her opponent Hannah Watton played well, particularly in the first set where Evie having fallen behind 3-4 had to raise her game to win the set. After taking this first set Evie's determination to take the title spurred her on to take the second set, 6-1 and her first main draw singles title. Well done to Evie, who is now looking to add more trophies to her collection this Summer.
The match of the day was the Boy's 14 and under Final, contested by favourite Nicholas Hubble, coached by Appeti Tennis as part of The Canterbury High School's Gifted and Talented programme and Jamie Wallace, part of the Appeti Academy. Nicholas, motivated by his brother, Thomas' win earlier in the day, had been playing well all week. However, Jamie had been feeling confident and approached the final with a positive frame of mind.
With a crowd supporting him, Jamie got off to a great start taking the first set. Nicholas fought back in the second taking it to 5-5 but Jamie had the title in his sight and refused to let Nicholas back in, taking the second set and the title 7-5. Congratulations to Jamie, we are sure this won' t be his last win of the summer. Also, well done to Nicholas, who put up a great fight.
Well done to all our players who competed in The Canterbury Open and thanks to everyone who supported us during the week.