BETA Highlights of 2017
As our training programmes for 2018 begin this coming week, it is a good time to reflect on the achievements of our players in 2017. A year which has seen success throughout all levels of the academy.
BETA has had 3 players competing regularly internationally in 2017; Edward Harwood on the ITF men’s pro circuit, Anna Popescu on the ITF women’s pro circuit and Joel Pierleoni on the U14 Tennis Europe & U18 ITF junior circuit.
Edward, 21, drove himself all around Europe playing events in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, France and the Czech Republic before finishing the season with 3 weeks in Israel. The highlight for Edward was a quarter-final doubles appearance in the 15K Future event in Israel as well as a couple runner up places in singles events in money tournaments in France.
Like Edward, Anna, 20, has been travelling around Europe and UK competing at the pro level and all her hard work and time put into her tennis has culminated in her gaining her first professional ranking. This ranking came in doubles, where she finished the season ranked #109o in the world. During the year she had 4 quarter final main draw doubles appearances with various partners and qualified for 2 main draw singles places.
Joel, 14, has had a great season on tour, finishing the summer ranked #10 in Europe and was part of the number 1 doubles team with his partner Jack Pinnington-Jones, going undefeated for the tennis Europe season and winning the European Championships in July. During the summer period Joel also earned his first U18 ranking with a strong result in an event in Edinburgh. The culmination of Joel’s season was in December in Florida where he competed in the Eddie Herr International and The Junior Orange Bowl. The latter being considered as the junior world championships. In the Eddie Herr, Joel made the quarters before finishing 5th overall in the Orange Bowl.
Other notable highlights included, Joseph Playfoot and Vitushan Balamurali competing in their first international event at a tennis Europe event in Gothenburg, Sweden, where they competed in the qualifying singles event and main draw doubles event.
BETA was been represented in various county cup competitions by 14 players last year in 3 different counties;
Hertfordshire – Anna Popescu, Larissa Gungah, Sophia Underwood, Joel Pierleoni, Reece Farrow & Cian Murphy
Buckinghamshire – Helena Ullyatt, Oliver Connor, Henry Bennie, Oscar Lawson & Nathan Bagget
Middlesex – Ali Habib, Ayaan Haneef & Raahim Aga
As well as team representatives, there were many individual achievements. Some of the most notable ones; Helena Ullyatt, Nathan Bagget and Raahim Aga were all country champions in their respective age groups with Reece Farrow finishing runner up in the U16s at 14 years old. Oliver Connor finished 11th in his first national event in the U10 age group. Sophia Underwood won her first open women’s event in Woodfood Wells and in the same week in October making the quarter finals of the national event in Bolton.
Not all success can be quantified with results at tournaments and rankings. Many of our players have trained and competed hard over the last 12 months and have shown dramatic improvement in their game. Players such as; Justin Tracy, Lorah Wilson, William Carrington and Eleanor Mathews have increased their commitment to their tennis in 2017 and with continued hard work in 2018, will achieve the external rewards that their work ethic deserves. Congratulations to you for the effort, time and the sacrifice you have put into your tennis. Keep it up!
The year 2017 was a great year for BETA and in 2018 there is even more to look forward to as we approach our 10th birthday in April. We would like to say thank you to everyone involved with the academy; player, parents & coaches and look forward to another year of hard work and achievement from all our team.