Auckland success gets tennis off to good start

Wednesday January 22, 2020 Written by Published in Other Sports
Malcolm Kajer. 20012110 Malcolm Kajer. 20012110

Tennis Cook Islands got their 2020 season off to a perfect start with a successful outing at the Auckland January Junior Tier Two Champs.

 

A development team comprising Fredrick Estall, Daniel Forsyth, Arikitoa Allsworth, Raetea Rongo, Maiata Forsyth, Kayla Fraser and Luke Pierre represented the country at the three-day event held earlier this month.

Allsworth was finalist in the singles 8-9 grade, Maiata was group one winner in the singles 10-12 grade, Rongo won group two in the same grade and Fraser placed third in the group one grade.

The national boys’ singles 10-12 team of Daniel Forsyth, Frederick Estall, and Luke Pierre, gained valuable experience in their matches.

Head coach Malcolm Kajer was pleased with the performance of the players.

“After winning various round, Arikitoa made it into the finals which he was not able to win due to an arm injury. Nevertheless he wanted to complete the match going down by three sets. He was unable to get his first serve going which is a weapon of his,” Kajer said.

Maiata won her grade after some tough early pool plays. Kajer said she showed some nerves in her early rounds but managed to overcome that to win the singles 10-12 grade.

Rongo, who won group two in the same grade, displayed the best tennis coach Kajer had ever seen.

“She has shown good mental skills and also had a solid ground stroke game.”
Fraser came out pretty strong and eventually lost to Maiata in a tough semi-final which went down to three sets.

Kajer said the best results in the doubles were Maiata Forsyth and Raetea Rongo going down in the consolation main draw finals.

Apart from the competition, the players also took time out for some sightseeing and had an opportunity to watch the women’s ASB Classics.

“They had the opportunity to watch players like Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki live. It’s great to get the opportunity to watch such players at their highest level and see how they move and behave on court as well as very advanced technical skills they display,” Kajer said.

Meanwhile the tennis school holiday programme started on Monday at the National Tennis Courts in Nikao.

The programme which will run from 9am to 12pm is open for children from ages 4 to 13 years.

“We are looking forward to a big year of tennis with the juniors,” Kajer said.

Term coaching will start on Monday next week and all enrolments are welcome. Contact Kajer on 75614 for more information.

“A big thank you to our major sponsors Vodafone Cook Islands (formerly Bluesky), ANZ Bank, Primefoods, and all the sponsors out there as well as Tennis Cook Islands and all the supporters for helping us in the 2019 season.”

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