The Deal ITC Spring Tournament saw ten of our youngsters competing in five different age groups.
The week started well with Ulrich Nienaber winning the 8U event.
Ulrich and fellow Appeti youngster Guy Griffin played well throughout their box stages to qualify into the main draw where after some close matches Ulrich won through to the final. Here he faced Benjamin Gusic-Wan. Throughout the match Ulrich continued to play some great tennis winning through to take the title of Deal 8U Champion 2014.
It wasn’t long till Ulrich was back in action in the 9U draw. This time he was joined by Joseph Richards, Toby Froud and James Reid. All four boys were eager to put their practiced skills to the test and after the box stages left the court having only lost to each other. These results meant that all four of our youngsters qualified through to the quarter finals. Toby and James just lost out at this stage to their greater experienced opponents whilst Ulrich and Joseph progressed through to the semi’s. Joseph confidently won to secure his final place by only dropping one point whilst Ulrich had a much closer match which could have seen either player winning through!
In the final Joseph faced Ethan Hirons. Both boys were eager to win but Joseph stayed calm, moved the ball well and left the court the victor 7-3, 6-8, 8-6.
In the 10U draw it was Ciaran Brewer’s turn to take to the courts. Ciaran who attends The Appeti Tennis School in partnership with The Canterbury Academy showed his increasing maturity in his matches to win through to the final only dropping two games on route. Fellow classmate Ollie Richards played in the 12U draw where he was joined by Dushan Sreckovic. At this age group we had two finalists with Ollie reaching the main draw final and Dushan the consolation one. After two great matches Dushan beat Rio Moss 5-3, 4-0 whilst Ollie lost a close match in three sets to Luca Pavan.
Throughout the week our coaches were on hand to support our players and after a successful tournament which saw Appeti Youngsters in the 8U, 9U, 10U and 12U finals we like to say well done to them all.
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