The second week of The Appeti Tennis summer tour saw most of our youngsters competing closer to home in The Trevor May Canterbury Clay Court Junior Open.
In the 16U draw Dan Gould played some great tennis reaching the final without dropping a game. Here he met the number one seed, Tom Whiley. In what proved to be a closely fought final Dan pushed his higher rated opponent all the way but just lost out 2-4, 4-5(1).
Stephen Friend won through to the semi finals in two age groups after beating Jake Dowson 4-0, 4-0 in the 12U’s and Theo Holland 4-1, 4-2 in the 14U‘s. Just like his older team mate Dan he too was knocked out by the number one seeds but showed how his game is really starting to develop on different court surfaces.
Will Gee reached the finals in the 9U draw beating six other youngsters on the way. In the semi final he met Harry Devereux and after a close match Will pulled ahead to take the win 7-4, 7-6. In the final Will met Sabarish Ganesh. Will took the first set but then Sabarish fought back to win through 3-7, 7-3, 7-1
In the 8U Ulrich Nienaber and Guy Griffin both reached the semi finals after comfortably winning their box stages. Guy faced Benjamin Gusic-Wan and Ulrich played Noah Louis. Guy’s match was extremely close with the result being decided on a sudden death point at nine all. Ben struck it lucky and was able to clinch the decider whilst on the other court Ulrich confidently took the win 10-5.
In the final Ulrich made a great start and never looked back beating Ben 10-4 to become the 2013 8U Canterbury Clay Court Champion! For Ulrich this was a great result as he will be able to defend his title next year as he will still be playing in this age group!
Well done to all our players but particularly Ulrich on your first Grade 4 title!