Glover lauds players’ performances
Francis Glover clocked some air miles seeing his young charges compete at recent tennis nationals.
While he can’t count any national champions out of his Tawa-based tennis academy, he was satisfied to see a group fare much better than expected.
‘‘They had to work really hard and produced some brilliant results,’’ he said.
‘‘For them, it’s what you get out of playing out of your skin, pushing hard, and sometimes tennis can reward you.’’
Amelia Lawson, playing in the age 16s nationals in Canterbury, lost in the quarterfinals to the No 1 seed, Tamara Anderson.
Anderson, who attends Onslow College, dropped the first set to Lawson and was down a break of serve, before storming back.
‘‘Amelia has improved out of sight and will be right up there if she continues on like this,’’ Glover said.
Her sister, Antonia, playing in the 14s nationals, was beaten in her semi-final.
Ryan Carter, playing in the 12s nationals in Auckland, also made it to the semi-finals.
Unseeded, the Ngatitoa club player knocked out the No 2 seed in round one and continued his fine form through to the last four.
‘‘It was a very cool result for him - he wasn’t picked to do well by many, but his skill shone through,’’ Glover said.
‘‘Ryan’s a very aggressive player and if we can keep those emotions in check, he will do very well in the future.’’
Patrick Joss, in the 14s, came third, while number of other players under Glover’s wing made round of 16.
His academy is at capacity, he said, with about 32 players aged 8 to 17.
‘‘It’s full on but I’m loving it, and it’s healthy to see these guys performing pretty well at the top level.’’
In Wellington interclub tennis, having already taken out the preChristmas men’s trophy, the first round of post-Christmas play went as expected for TawaLyndhurst, as they saw off Mira- mar 5-1.
Marcel Glover had to retire from his match, but Olly Sadler, Michael McGlinchey and Francis Glover all won, while both doubles matches were wins for Tawa-Lyndhurst.
Glover expected Thorndon to push them all the way for the title.
Members of Francis Glover’s tennis academy, in Tawa.