Tennis future safe in hands of juniors
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.