This April The Appeti Tennis Centre in association with The Canterbury High School and Tennis Services UK hosted their second LTA Grade 4 tournament.
Competitors came from Kent, Sussex and Middlesex and some great tennis was played throughout the week.
The first matches of the tournament saw the 12U boys taking to the courts. After some close contests two Appeti youngsters, Oliver Richards who attends the Appeti Tennis School run in association with The Canterbury High School and JoJo Thomas, who is part of the Appeti Academy, won through to face each other in the final. Although both boys played well Oliver took an early lead against JoJo and never looked back winning the 12U Appeti Open title for 2014, 6-2, 6-1.
It wasn’t long till both boys were back in action in the 14U draw. This time they met in one of the semi finals whilst Morgan Moloney met Clark Smith in the other. Clark from Tunbridge Wells settled quickly and although Morgan battled hard he secured his place in the final by winning 6-2, 6-0. Meanwhile on the other court JoJo and Oliver were having a really close match. However after some massive rallies Oliver managed to pull ahead and win through 6-1, 7-6(5). In the final Oliver quickly pulled ahead and left the court with his second title of the tournament beating Clark 6-3, 6-0.
The 9U boys played a round robin format. All the lads showed a great sportsmanlike attitude throughout their games but in the end Ewan Grieve took the title with Appeti youngster, Ulrich Nienaber finishing as the runner up.
In the 18U boys draw Appeti player, Jamie Wallace, won his place in the final by beating Jack Fryer in the semi’s 6-1, 6-0 whilst Henry St John from Middlesex beat Vincent Kerck 6-4, 6-2 to secure the other finalist spot. Jamie’s greater matchplay experience showed through in the final and he left the court with a 6-1, 6-1 victory.
The 10U event saw 9 youngsters from across Kent competing in what proved to be some of the closest matches of the tournament. The first round saw the youngsters divided into two boxes with the winner and runner up in each one going through to the main draw the following day. William Gee and Toby Froud won through from one group whilst Joseph Richards and Oliver Hutchins won through from the other.
After some great play in the semi’s Oliver beat William 4-0, 4-2 whilst Joseph beat Toby 4-2, 4-1. In the final both Oliver, Parklangley and Joseph, Appeti Centre, played some great points with Joseph chasing down very ball to produce some fantastic shots. However Oliver edged ahead to take the 10U title by winning 4-1, 4-1.
The week rounded up with twelve red ball players taking to the courts for our final event the 8U draw. Once again the youngsters were divided into two boxes with the winner of each box and the best overall runnerup going through to the semi’s. Ulrich Nienaber and Nathan Summer went through as the winners with Cameron Grieve and Theo Lewis as the best runners up. After two close semi’s Ulrich and Cameron won through to meet each other in the final where after some brilliant points Appeti player, Ulrich won through to take the 8U 2014 Appeti Open Title 11-9.
After a great week of tennis which saw Appeti Tennis youngsters in every main draw final we would like to thank Tennis Services Uk for their support, 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 throughout the week.
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