Glover lauds play­ers’ per­for­mances

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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.

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