On 29th – 31st March 2019, 20 pupils from the Under 10s through to Under 18s competed in the BISP Tennis 4’s Tournament in Phuket, Thailand. This was the first time for many to compete at such a high level of tennis but all played extremely well and really fought for every match. The matches were played over three days with all the pupils competing in both singles and doubles.
The first matches were on the Friday and our Under 12s (Jean Poignee, Darsh Dinesh, Ziyi Tan and Kokoro Imafuku) and some of our Under 14s (Axel Lim, Bhathiya Ralapanawa, Xin Lee and Anya Benham) were up against some tough competitors but determination and persistence showed and some victories were rewarded. Tan, Imafuku and Lee had fantastic first matches, all resulting in a close fought tie-break. The singles matches continued throughout Friday morning with our youngest competitors – who were all in the Under 10s (Kirin Hamling, Kou Watanabe, Amanda Teng and Audrey Teng) – showing off their wonderful tennis, and they all showed great professionalism and resilience throughout every match. Our Under 18s (Martin Easterbrook, John Ascough, Isabella Harkins, Zara Faruki, Wey Yuh Toh) were up next and showed some real class and wonderful tennis, providing a great example and role models for our younger ones. Friday afternoon transitioned into doubles matches in which both female/male and mixed teams played and once again demonstrated some fantastic teamwork and determination.
Saturday once again saw an early start with the Under 18s singles matches getting well underway against a very tough BISP (A) Team. Ascough, Toh, Harkins and Faruki fought for every set and showed some great spirit and fight. Saturday was also the chance for the rest of the Under 14s (Ming Ren Khaw, Phoebe Ackerley and Aaron Tan) to showcase their fantastic tennis with their singles matches up first and some doubles in the afternoon. On Saturday afternoon all our pupils were in action with singles and doubles matches being played across all six courts, and it was thrilling to see some close matches and the wonderful skills put into play throughout the afternoon. Unfortunately, many of our matches were just too close and we missed out on reaching the finals; however all of our pupils played extremely well in their first major tournament, showing great teamwork, resilience and persistence. They all supported each other and they were a pleasure to take to the tournament.
We look forward to continuing to train with them and are ready for next year.