The Easter break saw The Appeti Tennis Centre, Canterbury in association with The Canterbury High School and Tennis Services UK hosting their first LTA Grade 4 tournament.
Alongside the centre’s own players there were competitors from Kent, Sussex and Surrey, all keen to showcase their skills and take home a trophy!
The week started with the 12U boys draw. The competitors in this age group were split into three boxes with the winner from each box and the best overall runner up qualifying for the semi finals. After some close matches which saw some great tennis Oliver Richards faced Dushan Sreckovic in one semi whilst Stephen Friend met Vraj Patel in the other.
Oliver took an early lead against Dushan in their match and never looked back winning through to the final 6-0, 6-2. Vraj and Stephen had a much closer first set but Vraj was just able to pull ahead to secure his place in the final winning 7-5, 6-2.
In the final Vraj’s calm approach stood him in good stead and although both he and Ollie played some great points Vraj was able to take the 12U Appeti Open Title winning 6-1, 6-2.
In the 14U draw the number 1 seed Rory Blackman reached the final after beating William Harkness 6-1, 6-1 whilst Gabriel Swallow beat Morgan Moloney 6-4, 6-2 to secure his place. In the final Gabriel played well but Rory’s greater experience showed through and he took the match 6-0, 6-2
The 18U boys played a round robin format with Daniel Gould and Vincent Kerck going into finals day with three wins each. With both boys facing each other for their final match the result would decide the overall winner. Although Dan played some stunning shots Vincent’s greater consistency helped him take the lead and become the overall winner beating Dan 6-4, 6-2
The week rounded up with fourteen orange ball players taking to the courts for our final event the 9U draw. Once again the youngsters were divided into three boxes with the winner of each box and the best overall runnerup going through to the semi’s. William Gee, Lucas Handley, Oliver Hampson-Evans went through as the winners with Toby Lawton-True as the best runner up. After two close semi’s Lucas and Oliver won through to meet each other in the final where after some brilliant points Oliver won through to take the 9U 2013 Appeti Open Title 7-4, 1-7, 7-5.
After a great week of tennis we would like to thank Tennis Services Uk for their support and generous gift of prizes for every competitior, The Canterbury Academy, everyone who played with a great sportsmanlike attitude and The whole Appeti Tennis Team who all supported the event and worked together to ensure everything ran smoothly.
2013 was a great starting point for our first Open Competition and we look forward to seeing everyone at The Appeti Open 2014!
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