THE top seeds dominated at the Sale Tennis Club Queen’s Birthday Junior Tournament last weekend.
The club welcomed 70 juniors across 110 entries in the four age groups.
Players were competing for national player ranking points and, being a “silver” event, the tournament attracted the second highest level of player ranking points. These ranking points are highly sought after by players pursuing a serious tennis career as they allow automatic entry to the next level of tournaments and ultimately to senior tournaments on the professional circuit.
This was the first year players in the 10 years and under section entered, coming from as far as Castlemaine to compete.
The boys’ final was won by Ryan Neild, who defeated Lewis Murray in a close contest. In the girls’, Sally Hoffman of Bairnsdale was victorious over Sale girl Mia Goold.
In the 10 and under doubles, Lewis Murray and Xander Borizenko were successful over Ryan Nield and Joshiah Levchenko.
The biggest field was in the boys’ 12 and under, with 27 player.
Top seed Yamman Bushnak from Donvale was eliminated in the semi-finals by third seed Jack Calleri of Coburg. Jack then battled it out with number two seed Alec Gaudin in the final and prevailed 6-2 4-6 11-9.
In the 12 and under girls’ singles, Aahna Zala of Hoppers Crossing defeated Jelena Cvijanovic of Caroline Springs.
In the 12 and under boys’ doubles, Jack Calleri and Max Hamilton defeated Yamaan Bushnak and Bayley McKenzie 6-3 6-3, while in the girls, singles opponents Aahna Zala and Jelena Cvijanovic teamed up to defeat Rebekah Schoenmakers and Sally Hoffman in the final.
The top seed in the 14 and under girls was Amber Archer of Bairnsdale, but she was defeated by second seed Jordyn Aitkin of Grovedale. The tables were reversed in the 14 and under boys where top seed Darcy Nicholls swept all before him and conceded only one set on his way to winning the final against fourth seed Dwaine Duncan, 6-4 6-4.
In the 14 and under girls’ doubles, Jordyn Aitkin and Amber Archer combined to defeat Georgie Haussegger and Sophie Sewell, Darcy Nicholls and Dwaine Duncan were victorious in the boys’ event against Alan Valenzuela and Gavin D’Souza, 6-4 6-3.
The boys’ 16 and under event proved to be the exception for the weekend with unseeded Adam Mercuri from Fitzroy defeating top seed Brodie Murray from Castlemaine 6-1 6-2. The boys’ doubles saw Brodie pair with Korey Flavel-Wood to defeat Adam and Sale player Pawadon Wongsawat.
Tournament director Mick Mullen was delighted with the quality of the field with players ranked in the top 1000 for their age group throughout Australia competing to increase their rankings.
Sale Tennis Club president Robin Lowe said the club’s major junior points event for the year brought a large crowd to Sale for the weekend.
“The event was a credit to the players, officials and everyone involved,” he said.
“The feedback from the players and their parents and coaches was very positive and we are hoping for an even stronger field in 2018. It takes a huge effort to stage an event of this size and the club volunteers did an exceptional job as they all pulled together to ensure that it went smoothly.
“On the back of the success of this event we hope to see many of these players back for our spring junior tournament in September.”