The 2011 Appeti Championships finished last weekend with finals being closely contented throughout Sunday.
The day started with our 14U players taking to the courts.
The Boys 14U final proved to be a rematch of last year. Dan Gould met Jamie Wallace in what proved to be another close battle. Jamie took an early lead but Dan dug deep and fought back to level the score. After some fantastic rallies Dan managed to edge ahead and took the first set 7-5. The second set was no different to the first with Dan wanting to reverse last year’s scores. Both boys played some great tennis throughout but Dan managed to secure the title for 2011 by taking the second set 6-3.
Meanwhile on the other court the Girls 14U final saw Saffron Taylor, who is part of The Canterbury High School programme, playing Evie Robertson. Saffron played well but Evie’s greater experience showed through and helped her take the match 6-1, 6-0
The 10U event saw Ollie Richards and Dushan Sreckovic meeting head to head. There were some brilliant points which had all the spectators on the edge of their seats as both boys pulled out all the stops to try and win through. Unfortunately for Ollie, Dushan just couldn’t miss and played some stunning shots to ensure he left the court victorious with a winning score of 5-3 4-2.
Graham Hunt, a member of The Canterbury High School Tennis Academy, and Michael Williams met in the 16U final in what proved to be another close affair. The boys have met a few times before and Michael had the slight edge going into the match. However Graham’s hard work and effort over the last few months paid off and he was thrilled to take the match 6-3, 7-5.
Our first doubles event was next on court with Evie Robertson joining forces with Dan Gould to take on Martin Dovey and Saffron Taylor for the 14U Mixed doubles final. Martin and Saffron put up a great fight but Evie’s and Dan’s experience and strength helped them win through in straight sets 6-4, 6-0
The mens singles pulled the greatest crowd of the day with Tim Bean and Richard Myall, two of the centre’s coaches, facing each other. Their pupils had entered into the spirit of the day and showed their support through personalised banners for their respective coach. Both men have beaten each other in the past and so a close match was guaranteed. In the fifth game Tim managed to break serve and never looked back to take the match 6-2, 6-2.
The 12U draws took to the courts next with Saffron Taylor meeting Rosie Hewett in the girls and Martin Jones meeting Dushan Sreckovic in the boys. Both matches were won by the older more experienced players but both younger opponents put up a great fight and clearly showed their potential for the future. Well done to Saffron and Dushan the 12U champions for this year.
The final matches of the day saw Richard Myall and Tim Bean join forces to take on the 14U singles finalists, Dan Gould and Jamie Wallace in the men’s doubles final and four of our younger players, Oliver Richards and JoJo Thomas meeting Dushan Sreckovic and Elliot Wraight in the 14U doubles final.
Both matches were close but Oliver and JoJo won through to take the 14U title, 6-3, 6-1 whilst the coaches won through to win this year’s mens title but who can tell what will happen in the future!!!
We’d like to congratulate all our players who have competed in The Appeti Championships 2011 and well done to all our trophy winners!!