Junior tennis players with coach Malcolm Kajer. SUPPLIED/22111007
The ANZ Stars Tennis Doubles Competition for junior players got off to a great start last Saturday with 10 teams of doubles competing in a green-dot ranking tournament from 9am to 1pm.
The tournament was a mixture of boys
and girls doubles pairs played with green-dot tennis balls, which are 25 per
cent lower compression then normal tennis balls. The format was one set and the
first team to nine games would win the match.
The doubles pairing were Benson Herman and
Marcus Teapa, Mareko Webb and CT Woonton, Jaden Kelly and Tane Wichman, Antonia
Wearing and Pepai Katoa, Luca Rossouw and Harold Browne, Nathan Moore and
Daniel Teinakirahi, Tui Gibson and Evan Moore, Armani Roi and Angad Naidu and Tera
Rongo and Moeana Matheson.
In the first semi-finals, Marcus Teapa and Benson Herman defeated Armani
Roi and Angad Naidu 9-3. In the second semi-finals,
Mareko Webb and CT Woonton managed to overcome Luca Rossouw and Harold Browne
Teapa and Herman claimed the title after beating Webb and Woonton 9-6 in
National head coach Malcolm Kajer, who was overseeing the tournament on
the day, said: “It was a fairly even and exciting match all the way, but the
experience of Marcus and Benson towards the later stages of the match came
through for them and they went on to win the tournament.’
“Great performances also came from the girls pairing of Pepai Katoa
and Antonia Wearing, where they advanced to the quarter finals. We also saw an
exciting game between the young pairing of Tera Rongo and Moena Matheson who
just lost to Jaden Kelly and Tane Wichman 9-7.”
Jaden Kelly and Tane Wichman went on to win the consolation bracket 9-3
against Nathan Moore and Daniel Teinakirahi.
“Overall, it was a wonderful day of doubles tennis, and we all can look
forward to more ANZ Stars Doubles Competitions in the next couple of weeks. A
big thank you to ANZ for the continuous support for junior tennis development for
the past 26 years,” said Kajer.
Meanwhile, Tennis Cook Islands junior development squad members Maka
Maui and Raetea Rongo recently returned from participating in two ITF JF World
Ranking Tournaments in Lautoka, Fiji. As
an 18U tournament, it was challenging for the pair. The highlight for our athletes came during
the second tournament where Maka and his partner Noah Molbaleh (Vanuatu) upset
fourth seeds in a thrilling match to reach the doubles finals. They finished
runner-ups in the tournament behind Natham Lim (Australia) and Fanming Meng
(China). This placing helps Maka earn ITF points and a world ranking as a
Tennis Cook Islands remains very grateful to OTF and our local
supporting partners for their investment into our tennis children.