Easter has been a busy time for our players with the Appeti Tennis Centre being represented at Sutton, Tunbridge Wells, Parklangley and Nottingham. Those competing have ranged from under 8 right through to adults.
Week 1 - Sutton and Tunbridge Wells
The first week of the Easter break saw eleven of our youngsters heading to the courts in Tunbridge Wells.
Dan Gould had a great week. After just losing in his first match against a higher rated player he went on to win the 14U consulation draw. His final against Bradley Stoneham proved an exciting affair with both players hitting some challenging shots. The first set went all the way but Dan dug deep and managed to win through. The second set saw some great rallies but Dan remained calm and used his head to take the match, 7-6(5), 6-3. This was his first singles title and really well deserved!
Charlotte Hobbs also had a good week. Once again she just lost out in the main draw 6-4 6-4 to Beatha Roper-Rice, a player two ratings above her, but went on to reach the U16 consolation final. Although Charlotte played well she just lost out to Lucy Roper 6-7(2), 6-2 6-3.
Other players that should also be mentioned are Robert Sotillo and Rosie Hewett who were competing in their first tournament away from the centre. Both players did well and are looking forward to using the experience they gained in future events.
During this week James Davis was busy competing at Sutton. He started by playing in Tennis Services UK Grade 2 Easter tournament where, after losing in a close match to Damian Rodriguez 6-4, 6-4 he went on to reach the 12U consolation final without dropping a set. The final saw James continue to play confidently to win his first Grade 2 title 6-1 6-2.
James then went on to join the 14U County Cup team who were also playing their matches at Sutton. He made his debut for the Kent team on the Sunday when he partnered Bailey Robbins to take on Avon in the doubles event. Bailey and James made a solid team and went on to win their match 6-4 6-4.
Well done James on both achievements.
Week 2 - Sutton
The second week saw our players heading to Sutton for their Grade 4 event.
Jamie Wallace and Dan Gould both put in solid performances in the 16U draw. Jamie met the first seed Emmanuel Price and after a slow start in the first set Jamie settled and played some much better tennis. Emmanuel, however took the match 6-0, 6-4. Dan pushed the second seed, Daniel Engley, all the way but after a real battle just lost out 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-1. Jamie and Dan then joined forces in the 15U doubles event. Both boys worked well as a team and played some exciting tennis to beat the number 1 seeds and take the final 6-4, 7-5.
Martin Dovey also played well in his first Sutton tournament. After getting used to the clay he reached the final of the 12U consolation draw and after some close points lost to James Bowran 6-1, 6-2.
We would like to say well done to all our players who have competed over the Easter period and look forward to seeing you all compete again soon!
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