Whilst Altona TC consistently has large numbers participating in WRTA competition and coaching and squad programs, 2019 has seen more of our players begin to train in dedicated JDS and JT tournament squads and compete in tournaments on a regular basis. Part 1 of our wrap focused on our JDS players – please click here to brush up if you haven’t given it a read already. Part 2 will be focusing on our JT players as well as other club members.
Several of our JT tournament squad players performed really strongly at the level this year:
- Benjamin Ancheta won three singles titles and made four doubles finals at 16&U JT level, and is also beginning to make the transition to AMT events with a semi-final in singles in Geelong being the highlight.
- Jordon Tsoulos was a 16&U JT singles winner in Merimbula as well as a finalist in two other tournaments. He also repeated this achievement in doubles, winning one tournament and being a finalist in two others.
- Charlotte Banfield-Lynch also competed in several JT tournaments at 16&U level, finishing the year strongly with a doubles win in Hume in November.
- A few more Altona players began to make the transition to tournament play. Tom Wilkinson competed at 12&U level and made a doubles semi final at the JT at Bayside, as did Darcy Steedman who made the singles consolation semi final at the Essendon JT. Nicolas Lai Boninsegni, Temeika Cathery and Menard Gesalta also played at JT level at various times during the year.
We also had several other club members and coaches who competed at tournament level:
- Oliver Hancin had some strong performances with a 10&U singles semi final finish at the Bairnsdale JDS, 11&U singles final at a Boroondara JDS along with a strong showing at the Bendigo Bronze JT, finishing in fourth place.
- Sean Spralja competed in several AMT tournaments and made a consolation singles final at the Bendigo AMT, as well as taking out the special men’s singles at the Albury AMT.
- Vida Altona coaches Kanishk Arunraj and Dimitri Tsimiklis also competed regularly at AMT level in 2019.
The Australian Ranking tournament calendar can be viewed from this link: https://www.tennis.com.au/tournaments/calendar
Players who are looking at beginning to participate in JT tournaments should begin at Bronze level and work their way up to Silver and Gold level at their own pace. As a general rule, a player should aim to get some or all of the following results before moving up a level:
- 4 quarter final finishes
- 3 semi-final finishes
- 2 finals
- 1 tournament win
Altona’s JT squads will be returning in 2020. Please contact Mark (0488 098 680 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sean (0422 211 243 or email@example.com) if you or your child are interesting in joining for Term 1.