Halton's Everyball player Alex Clark won a scholarship to play College tennis in Missouri. She began late August and is settling in really well.Here are a few excerpts from recent e-mail to me that with her permission I copy and paste! tennis is going really well, although i have been cramping a little at then beginning trying to adjust to the climate! its so hot here.. im sweating buckets!
the first impression of the team was TERRIBLE! everyone was trying to impress the new coaches so were hitting big and missing so badly literally every shot! i got so scared on the first day that our team was going to be terrible.. but the 2nd day sasha made us only play directional tennis (only cross court natural body shape) so we didnt go too big and everyone has improved massively and got into a rhythm! our team is actually really good i think i fit right in the middle of the line up quite nicely! we are off to our first individual tournament in minnesota on thursday!
ive been striking the ball really well and the serve is improving, with regards to my terrible ball toss there is a psychologist here called rick mcguire.. he's AMAZING! he told me to think of where i want my take back to be to get into the pre throw position instead of the ball toss so your not thinking about it! it works!!
the fitness isnt too hard though.. either that or dom has done an amazing job of whipping me into shape (apart from the cramping which is technically my fault because im not drinking enough) its just running at 7am 3 times a week then a petty easy strength session tuesday and thursday evenings... like press ups.. squats etc. not too hard at all, i told the coach that i was doing harder stuff hopefully we will continue to progress!
my new doubles partner is called Rachel! shes my height! we are like twin towers on the court its going to be amazing! we are working on volleys and doubles plays a lot so we are going to be absolute machines by the time we are in season!!! :) im sooo pumped!
i went to my first football game last weekend it was sooo good! we had a recruit so we got to walk on the field before the game. i was great! i hope halton is great at home.. i feel like im still part of everything because im reading all the emails i get from you all about the club champs and the next social event! its amazing :) please dont cut me off the mailing list!
send my wishes to the team and the coaches! i miss you all! :) i am not tanning one bit........ stupid hurricane windy state..and no one here knows what banter is?!?! and they drive on the wrong side of the road and my 2 nicknames here are english muffin and hermione granger?!?
Keep up the great work Alex - glad to see you r in top form! Life is good here at the Academy although just a bit quieter with you!
Journalist asks Federer, 'Do you find it amazing the Djoko hits two blinding forehands match point down two years in a row?' Federer answers, 'Well that's why we watch sports, we don't know the outcome, everybody has a chance, till the very end it can still turn; that's what we love about the sport but is tough and cruel sometimes.'
If you want to play, accept all eventualities of that decision to take part - that's the real deal of competitive sport!
For the second year running Halton Tennis Centre hosted a prestigious Aegon Tennis Europe 16 & Under tournament alongside the Everyball International Academy Grade 3 Junior tournament last week. This year saw a larger entry than last year due to the increase in the number of age categories. There were 298 entries of which of which there were 249 players involved both in singles and doubles events, an increase of 104 players compared to last year. The U16 Tennis Europe Event also attracted a larger base of European and Foreign players than last year with players coming from Spain, Italy, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Malta, Sweden, Bulgaria, France and Argentina.
The Boys TE U16’s final was an all British affair between no 1 seed Julian Cash (Sussex,TE ranking 24 and runner up last year) and qualifier Cameron Hawkins (Kent). This time Julian went a step further winning convincingly 6-2 6-0. The boys doubles however was won by the German/Bulgarian pair of Joey Johannes Hillebrand and Kaloyan Mihalyov beating by a walkover the Maltese brothers Bernard & Matthew Cassar Torregiani in the final.
The Girl’s TE U16’s final was again an all British battle between Hertfordshire's Anna Popescu (no 8 seed & Wildcard) and Hannah Brett (no4 seed) with Anna Popescu's more aggressive play, edging her through to a 6-1 6-2 victory. The girls doubles was between British pair Alice Patch (Halton) & Cecily Wuenscher and German/Russian pair of Nika Hein and Anastasia Prokhodimova with the British pair eventually winning a feisty match 6-2 4-6 10-5.
Following her Tennis Europe success Anna Popescu from Berkhamsted's Elite Academy featured in 2 more singles finals. In the Everyball International Grade 3 U14’s singles Anna beat Chloe Halliday (Surrey) in a very tight match 4-6 6-4 10-7. She followed this up by completing a clean sweep when she won the U18’s girls singles final, beating Halton's Alice Patch 6-2 6-4.
The rest of the age-group finals were dominated by players from Halton Tennis Centre. The U8’s event was won by Joel James winning his round robin group by 1 point! Halton's Joshua Bright was runner-up (pictured below).
The U9’s boys was won by Angus Whittam (Halton) beating William Daniel (Truro LTC Cornwall) 7-3 7-4 in the final.
The U9’s girls was won by Lara Hill (Halton) beating Natalya Ogunwale (Gosling Tennis Centre, Hertfordshire) 4-7 7-4 11-9 in a hard fought contest.
The U10’s boys was won by Daniel Martin (Hertfordshire &Letchworth Tennis Club) beating Daniel Dean (Buckinghamshire and Halton) 4-0 4-1.
The U10’s girls was played between Britney De Silva (Gosling Tennis Centre & Middlesex) & Indu Ragunather (Buckinghamshire & Halton) with Indu coming out on top in a hard fought battle winning 2-4 4-1 10-7.
The U12’s boy’s final was another thriller with Roberto Preka no2 seed (Islington Tennis Centre & Middlesex) beating Jack Molloy no1 seed (Halton & Buckinghamshire) in an epic final 6-2 4-6 16-14 . The boys doubles was won by Jake Williams & Alex Chan (both Halton players) winning both matches in the group event.
The U12’s girls final was played between No. 1 seed Amelia Campbell (Langley Tennis Club) and Vaishali Jorge (Middlesex) with Amelia winning 6-3 6-1. The girls doubles final was won by Britney De Silva (Gosling Tennis Centre & Middlesex) & Mandi Furaji (Middlesex) beating Halton's Lauren Armstrong & Poppy King 6-2 6-2.
The boys U14’s finals was between the top 2 seeds from Hertfordshire when Benjamin Wood (no1 seed) beat Charles Broom (no2 seed) 6-1 6-4. The boys doubles was an all-Halton affair when Thomas Schmidt & Oliver Levi beat Jack Clark & Oscar Glenister 6-0 6-1.
The U18’s boy’s singles was between Adam Chan (Halton) and Aleksandr Ernepesov (no1 seed) with Ernespesov confirming his status and winning 7-6 6-1. The boys doubles was won by James Gammell & Gavin McKinlay (Halton ) who beat Jack Mordey (Halton) & Harry Mabbit (Bedfordshire) 7-5 6-1.
In conclusion, it was once again a very enjoyable week, full of quality tennis and memorable matches. Tournament Director, Phil Hill expressed his gratitude to all the volunteers, staff, officials, referees, parents and in particular the players for making this a successful tournament in its 2nd year and looked forward to making the event even more of a success next year.
(Report by Camilla Hayward)
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This unbeaten run then continued at the finals in Roehampton where they faced Hallamshire in the semi-final, winning 4-1 and then beating David Lloyd Raynes Park in the final by the same margin. The team of Barney Smith, Michael Shaw, Sam Gough, Jack Molloy, Alex Chan, Oscar Glenister, Sebastian Harris and Jake Williams all played their part towards the title. Team captain James Morgan commented 'This is a
tremendous achievement for Halton Tennis Centre/Everyball International Academy and our team of boys. They have represented themselves admirably through the whole campaign and showed great fight and team spirit along the way.'