Easter Camp News 2015
The Easter events have been a very successful for all associated with Berkhamsted and BETA. Our junior players were competing around the UK, some international action going on with touring pros Rameez Junaid and Adil Shamsadin in Casablanca and BETA alumni Adam Coyne and Ronald Mataba competing in their US college tennis conference championship.
Joel Pierleoni was competing in his second national event of the Easter holidays in Nottingham. Joel took his tennis to another level this week, by taking out the singles and doubles event in the U12 boys division. He also avenged a recent close defeat to Harry Lazell in the semi-final with a hard fought 3 set win. This was the only match that caused Joel any trouble as he won all other matches in straight sets. The doubles event also went very smoothly for Joel and his partner Jack Batchelor from York, as they won their second doubles event in as many weeks with the loss of only one set. Due to Joel’s great results this week, he has been given a qualifying wild card to the U14 Tennis Europe event also in Nottingham. This will be another step up in level for Joel, however will be a great experience and one that he has earned.
ATP 250 Casbalanca
Top 100 ATP doubles players Rameez Junaid and Adil Shamasdin were competing in the ATP 250 event in Casablanca, Morocco. The event turned out to be a landmark tournament, as the team claimed their first ATP level title. This was Rameez’s first win at tour level, Adil claimed his first title in 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa. “This is the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice. It has been great to come to Africa and win my first title” Rameez said. “Every title feels really good,” said Adil. “It’s our first win together as a team. I always like coming to Africa to play tournaments, so it’s very special for us to win in Africa. Hopefully we can continue our success.”
On the way to the title there were victories against the 3rd seeds, Robin Hasse and Maximo Gonzalez and then in the final against the top seeds Robin Bopanna and Florian Mergea. Bophanna has won 15 tour level titles as well as played at the Masters finals at the O2 twice! Personally I was really happy to have been a part of Rameez and Adil’s first success as a team. They have worked extremely hard together to get where they are. I think this will be the first of many victories for them. Both guys have now earned career high ranking, Rameez #64 and Adil #56. Next up for Rameez and Adil will be a trip to Bucharest, Romania for another ATP 250, before events in Munich, Nice and then the French Open in May.
US College Tennis
The final highlight of the week was provided by former BETA players Ronald Mataba and Adam Coyne. Both guys are on a tennis scholarship in Alabama State University. Over the weekend they competed in their conference finals in New Orleans. They made it all the way to final where they were up against their big rivals Jackson State. It was a tight encounter but our boys Ronald and Adam clinched the all-important doubles point and then Adam went on to clinch the final singles point which brought the title to Alabama State! “It was a war, I have never experienced anything like this, and at the end the boys finished strong”, said Ronald. “It was an unbelievable weekend for the boys”, said Adam. “Winning the last point to clinch the match for the team is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.” The team will now qualify for the National Finals in May, an exclusive 32 team tournament for the best college tennis teams in the country.