Ten­nis fu­ture safe in hands of ju­niors

Joondalup Times - - SPORT - War­ren Hard­ing

WA JU­NIORS are hav­ing a sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence in this year’s State Ten­nis League, which bodes well for the fu­ture of WA ten­nis.

In the men’s league, ju­niors such as Tris­tan Schoolkate, Will Hann, Sam De An­drade, Luca Bonini, Evan Manso, Daniel Downey, Ol­lie Hen­der­son, Chris­tian Hard­ing, Gen Naraya, Matt De Groot, Nikola Dotlic and Conor Enslin are get­ting valu­able ex­po­sure and many will now head off to the un­der-16 and un­der-18 na­tional De­cem­ber show­down in Melbourne.

Girls star­ring early in the women’s league in­clude Tsige Lacey, Mad­di­son Inglis, Lexie Weir, Crys­tal Mild­wa­ters, Skye Roy­all, Maddy Muller- Hughes, Tara Gilich and Ruby Cul­ley.

With one round to go be­fore the long break, Mos­man Park (MPTC) – sec­ond on the men’s table – hosted Dalkeith on hard courts.

Led by world num­ber 304 sin­gles tour player Bry­dan Klein, who had a 6-0, 6-0 sin­gles win, MPTC de­feated a de­pleted Dalkeith 6-0 in a per­cent­age-boost­ing match.

Pep­per­mint Grove, at home on grass, were search­ing for their first win of the sea­son but fell short against Mt Law­ley two rub­bers to four.

A close three-set loss by Josh Bowen to Luca Bonini hurt the home team and ex­pe­ri­enced Mt Law­ley coach Rhys McDougall joined Evan Manso to win their dou­bles 7-5, 63 to close out the win.

Royal Kings Park (RKPTC) bounced back with a nar­row win over Bayswa­ter four rub­bers to two, with RKPTC sur­viv­ing two close three-set­ters, with Dean Cochrane over Tim Gray 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 and Dar­ren Slater over Ge­orgie Perez 4-6, 7-6, 6-3.

League lead­ers Cottes­loe trav­elled to Hens­man for a ma­jor clash on hard court but with both teams hav­ing coaches and play­ers away at the na­tional events, Hens­man grabbed a valu­able 4-2 win.

In the women’s league, RKPTC con­sol­i­dated them­selves on top and de­spite their num­ber 1 Bo­jana Bobu­sic not play­ing, showed great depth with a one-sided win over City Beach six rub­bers, 12 sets, 74 games to 0-0-36.

North Beach for­feited to Cottes­loe. RKPTC now lead the table on 133 points, well clear of Cottes­loe on 96.

There are some very in­ter­est­ing matches to keep an eye on this week, with Mos­man Park and Bayswa­ter resched­uled for Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 7 in a twi­light Men’s match at Bayswa­ter at 5.30pm. The match will fea­ture world num­ber 2 dou­bles and ATP dou­bles world cham­pion John Peers.

In the women’s, the matchup of the sea­son is a po­ten­tial show­down be­tween for­mer tour­ing pros Bo­jana Bobu­sic, un­de­feated for RKPTC, against Ali­cia Mo­lik, for­mer world num­ber 8 lead­ing Cottes­loe this Satur­day from 1pm at Cottes­loe.

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