What a year 2018 has been. We have seen the return of Federer and Djokovic to the top of their games. Federer starting the year in blistering form winning the Aussie Open, Nadal making Roland Garros his home once again and Novak Djokovic making a great comeback and winning the final two slams of the year. The girls were split between, Wozniacki, Halep, Kerber and young gun Naomi Osaka.
Closer to home – we have seen the size of the BETA coaching staff grow in number. Towards the end of 2017 we welcomed Steve Dunklin bringing an abundance of experience at many different coaching levels. We have also seen Joshua Sapwell, former tour level player and Orange Bowl winner join our team. Both members have made a great addition in this last year and we thank them both for their help so far.
Anna Popescu has been competing this past month in Monastir, Tunisia in four 15K pro events. The tour was successful as Anna attained her first singles ranking and further increased her doubles WTA rankings to #1200 and #620 respectively.
The last week in September is a week where the best junior players in the world come to represent their countries in the Junior Davis Cup. BETA’s own Joel Pierleoni, 15, is part of the U16 Great Britain team that is competing in Budapest this week.
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.
Joel Pierleoni competed last week in the U14 European Championships in Most, Czech Republic. Joel and his doubles partner Jack Pinnington Jones won the doubles title to become the first British pair to do so in 22 years!
Joel Pierleoni, last week competed in an event in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Kungens Kanna club, home of the ATP 250 event that is played each October in Stockholm. Joel won the doubles event and finished runner up in the singles, which has jumped his ranking up to number 13 in Europe.
The first half of the Autumn term for 2016 has passed and our BETA players have been busy working hard on the practice court and competing in tournaments around the county and region. Catch up with all the news below.
This will be the third year that the WTA finals will be talking place in the city state that is Singapore. The showcase event has been purposely placed in the far east to try and encourage further growth in tennis for this area of the world.
Over the last week Larissa Gungah, 16, has won 2 tournaments in Edgbaston and Felixstowe respectively. She also finished runner-up in a 3rd event in Nottingham.