Week 2 of the summer saw most of us staying closer to home with 15 youngsters competing at The Canterbury Open 2012. Being in Canterbury meant some of our less experienced juniors has chance to play.
Ciaran Brewer and Will Gee played well in the 9U draw with Ciaran qualifying into the semi’s. The following day Will was back on court in the 8U draw alongside Toby Froud, Joseph Richards. All the lads played well in their box stage with both Joseph and Will qualifying through to the main draw.
In the quarter finals Joseph worked really hard moving his opponent around the court but just missed out 9-11 whilst Will made it to the semi’s where he lost to Louis Temple 5-10.
Some of our younger matchball players had mixed fortunes in the 12U and 14U draws. Evie Robertson lost her first match to Tiegan Aitkin but then found her form and won through to beat Sophie Williamson in the 14U girls consolation final. Nathaniel Wyatt Gittins, not to be outdone by Evie, lost his first match to team mate Martin Dovey but then used the experience he had gained to win through and take the 14U boys consolation title.
Evie also played in the 16U girls draw where after a close match she just lost out to Gabrielle Chadwick. In the boys 16U Scott Sargeant started the week taking a bit of time to settle into his matchplay. After losing his first match he composed himself and went on to win his others and take the 16U consolation crown.
Jamie Wallace had a great week and never really looked back. He won through to both the 16U and 18U finals without dropping a set. The 16U final saw Jamie facing Thomas Pullen. Once again Jamie played well and won in straight sets.
In the 18U he met Tom Hubble, who is part of The Tennis Academy at the Canterbury High School. At the start the boys matched each other but Tom, the higher rated player was able to just pull ahead at 4 all to take the first set. Again the second set was close but Tom was able to take the match 6-4 6-2.
This was the last match of what had been a good week with lots of tennis played. Thanks to Duncan Prior the tournament referee and well done to all our youngsters.
Further afield James Davis and Charlotte Hobbs were also busy competing at Bournemouth and Cromar respectively.