Last year from May 31 to June 5, Tennis Cook Islands participated in the inaugural OTF Nations Cup Pacific hosted by Tennis Fiji.
The inaugural Oceania Tennis Federation (OTF) Nations Cup Pacific event was the first of its kind in the world and the region was the first in the world to have all 15 nations competing against each other.
The OTF hopes that this event, with the support of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), becomes a biennial event and that the concept is extended further across the globe.
The Cook Islands women and men’s teams finished on fourth spot in the 2018 Nations Cup – Pacific.
Team manager/player Davina Hosking-Ashford will accompany the players to Fiji this weekend.
Ruby Pierre is very excited and honoured to represent the Cook Islands for the first time.
Her father Jason and grandmother Bev are passionate about the sport, there was no doubt she would take an interest, engaging in tennis when she was 11 years old,
Why Tennis? “I feel like tennis has shaped me to who I am today. It’s kept me disciplined and on track to where I want to go,” she said.
One of the toughest disciplines she deals with is “being mentally and physically fit, specifically mentally.”
Her favourite tennis players are Stan Wawrinka, a Swiss national tennis professional and the legendary Serena Williams, “she is one of the most powerful female tennis players and she’s had a baby”.
Pierre trains five afternoons a week after school (Tereora College) with dedicated tennis coach Malcolm Kajer at the Nikao tennis courts.
Name: Ruby Paige Pierre.
DOB: December 28th 2003, New Zealand.
Parents: Kathryn and Jason Pierre, grandparents - Beverly and Charlie Pierre of Matavera.
Education: Primary – Ngati Toa, Intermediate – Titahi Bay College, Mana College and Samuel Marsden Whitby in New Zealand, presently a student of Tereora College.
Tennis Career: Titahi Bay Tennis club, Cook Islands Tennis. Competed in the New Zealand Masters 2017 tournament, represented Mana College in the tennis college nationals, member of Cook Islands tennis.