BETA Players start Summer Tournament Campaign
Over the last week BETA have had players competing in U14 Tennis Europe events and U18 ITF events in Queenswood Tennis Centre, a grade 3 event in Oxford as well as the IAPS Tennis Championships (Independent Association of Prep School).
Queenswood Tennis Europe
Joel Pierleoni, 12, was awarded a wild card entry into the main draw of the U14 TE at Queenswood and soon proved worthy of his place by defeating the number 2 seed from France Terence Atmane in 3 sets. Joel got off to a slow start and wasn’t able to find his range in the first set, losing it 6-3. The second didn’t start much better as he went down an early break. However slowly and surely Joel found his lethal forehand and got it hitting the court in the way he wanted. This proved uncomfortable for Atmane as he couldn’t sustain baseline rallies with Joel from this point onwards. Joel raced away with the 2nd and 3rd sets to claim victory. The next day Joel was up against a local rival Nathan Fernandes. Joel had never beaten Fernandes, 14, in a competitive match before and this seemed to weigh him down. Joel couldn’t keep enough balls in the court and Fernandes is a very gritty competitor who will not miss many shots. This combination proved to be Joel’s downfall and he lost in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. All in all a great experience for Joel. Winning and losing in my opinion are the same; you analyse the match, you learn from it and you move on back to the practice court to improve. Joel will move forward from this event and get be better from it.
Also at Queenswood BETA had Ethan Hague and Shawn Berdia (from the USA) competing in the U14 TE qualifying event. Both came up against seeded players and while giving their opponent’s a decent match were unable to turn the results in their favour going out early. Shanice Marshall playing her first tournament of this level in almost a year in the U18 ITF event also found the going difficult. She improved as the match went on and this will hold her in good stead moving forward to more matches this summer.
Elsewhere Sophia Mezzone, 12, competed at a grade 3 In Oxford. She had a busy week competing in 3 events. Sophia made the semi-finals of the U14 singles, the quarterfinals of the U16 singles and the final of the U14 doubles! Ten matches in 5 days with 7 wins! Nicholas Blagg represented his school, the Beacon in the IAPS tennis championships in the U14 category and made the last 16 in the singles event. This is a pleasing result for Nic as he still has another year at this level.
Next week will see the start of BETA’s tournament Camps, with events in Moor Park and Dunstable. I will also be back on the road working with Rameez Junaid in ATP Tour event in Umag, Croatia. Rameez will be teaming up with Lukas Rosol from the Czech Republic.