Teen ace flies high
Tawa’s rising tennis star Pratt Keerasuntonpong keeps on piling up the titles.
Pratt was thrilled to win his age group at the junior masters points race in Auckland last month.
Pratt, 16, already the Tawa-Lyndhurst club’s top player, won the boys’ under-16s event at the tournament, held at the Scarbro Tennis Centre over Labour Weekend. He won his final match 6-4, 6-1.
‘‘The match was getting quite tight and it took me a while to close off the first set,’’ he said. ‘‘I was relieved to finally win.’’ It is the latest success for the year 12 Tawa College student, who has been training for up to five hours a day with his coach, Francis Glover, despite having to study for NCEA exams.
‘‘I found out how much time my competition spent training and I doubled it,’’ he said.
Pratt said he was pleased to reach the quarterfinals of the under-18 Waikato international tournament in October and pointed to a recent win over highlyranked Adam Thompson as a highlight.
‘‘It was probably the biggest success of my career so far,’’ Pratt said.
The Tawa youngster is getting good early exposure to top players from around the country.
The Blockhouse Bay club flies him to Auckland on Fridays so he can train alongside its leading players.
Pratt plans to compete in several international tournaments next year in Auckland, Australia, New Caledonia and Fiji. But first there’s the pesky matter of NCEA.
Look out Nadal: Tawa’s Pratt Keerasuntonpong is carrying on his winning ways.