Easter Roundup & Summer Team Tennis
BETA players were in action in Easter holiday events at Gosling and Chesham over the past fortnight as well as kicking off the Aegon Team tennis season in the ladies and junior boys divisions.
Nicholas Blagg, 13 and Alex Playfoot, 15 both competed at Chesham in the U16 age group. Nicholas showed a strong level as he worked his way through the draw and into the final. Here he came up against top seed Oliver Foran. Foran got off to a fast start running away with the first set 6-1. Nicholas began to work his way into the match pushing it all the way to 4-4. Unfortunately he couldn’t get over the line in the set and lost the final 6-1, 6-4. However, great couple of weeks for Nicholas, with a semi-final at Berkhamsted, a tournament win at Witney and the final here at Chesham! Alex bounced back after a very close 1st round loss to win the consolation event.
Last weekend the first matches of the Aegon team tennis event kicked off for Berkhamasted, with the Ladies team in action away to Leverstock Green. Larissa Gungah lead the team from the front with strong wins in her singles and doubles (partnering Joelle Elgy), while number 3 and 4 players Nicky Simper and Jenny Fradgley got the other 2 important wins in their singles matches to clinch the tie for Berkhamsted. Next up was the U16 boys team captained by Rodrigo Minozzo who were also up against Leverstock Green but this time at home. The boys team of; James Portal, Alex Playfoot, Alex Baptist, Josh Hayes and James Fuller produced a strong performance to win the tie 5 rubbers to 1.
Lastly, the U14 Premier boys team travelled to the Connaught Club. The U14 team on the day was made up of; Joel Pierleoni, George Carter, Josh Hayes and Jeevan Samra. The Connuaght boys brought some great energy to the doubles matches and very nearly took a 2-0 lead. Luckily for our boys Joel and George partnering at number 1 doubles managed to come back from a set down to win in the match tiebreak. Entering the singles the matches were evenly poised, but it was the Connaught boys who played the best tennis to claim 3 out of the 4 singles wins and claim the tie 4 rubbers to 2. All in all a good start for our Aegon teams and with plenty more tennis to be played this season there will be a lot of time for everyone to improve their level and performances.
The tournaments will take a backseat for a few weeks now, as we go full steam ahead with the team matches and also get back into term training for the Summer.
Good luck to all our teams over the next few weeks and keep training hard this term!