The summer started really well for the Appeti Tennis Academy with players attending the Essex Open Tennis Championships in Billericay. Three players, Evie Robertson, Jamie Wallace and Hannah Tonry reached the quarter finals of their respective draws.
Hannah had a great week beating an 8.1 in her first match in the 16U. Hannah continued her form in the 18U draw reaching the quarter finals where she played a fantastic match against eventual finalist 7.1, Rachel Porter. At 5-4 up in the second set Hannah took her opponent to deuce but unfortunately didn't close out the set.
Jamie also played well all week, losing out to finalist Jared Linzell (6.1) in the 16U and reaching the quarter finals of the 14U draw losing out to 7.2, Levi Lowe-Lennon, 6-4, 7-5, in a very close match.
Dan Gould played positive tennis all week and earned himself a place in the 14U Boys Consolation final and looked good until he had to retire with a strained muscle in his arm. Luckily, his arm recovered enough to compete in the semi finals of the 14U Mixed Doubles draw. Dan and partner Evie Robertson proved to be a great team and worked hard to take opponents Leanne Judge and Oliver Norton to a third set tie break but were unable to close it out, eventually losing 7-5, 2-6, 10-5. It looks like a promising doubles partnership could develop though.
On Friday the younger players from Appeti arrived at Billericay ready to compete. Jo Jo Thomas and Ollie Richards were taking part in the 9 & Under Boys Singles Qualifying. There was some superb tennis from both boys in their boxes, with Jo Jo qualifying for the main draw the next day where he reached the quarter finals.
Once again thanks to Billericay Tennis Club for a warm welcome and to Tennis Services UK for a great tournament.
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