U14 win ten­nis open

Grocott's Mail - - SPORT - STAFF RE­PORTER

For the first time in years, a St An­drew’s Grade 8 pupil made it through to the Open Boys’ fi­nal in the school’s ten­nis cham­pi­onship.

What made this year’s Open Fi­nal even more re­mark­able was the fact that both Open fi­nal­ists were con­test­ing the fi­nals in their re­spec­tive age groups (U14 and U16) as well.

U16 top seed Ignus Pot­gi­eter took on new boy, Dy­lan Marx.

The first set made it clear that nei­ther player would give an inch.

Ral­lies were long and in­tense and both play­ers took ad­van­tage of any­thing land­ing short, dis­play­ing fan­tas­tic at­tack­ing abil­i­ties. Af­ter hav­ing a good lead, Marx fal­tered and Pot­gi­eter pre­vailed to take the set 7-6.

The sec­ond set also pro­duced ex­cel­lent ten­nis but it wasn’t as close as the first, with Marx lev­el­ling at a se­tall with 6-3.

Marx was more dom­i­nant in the third set and took an early lead, pres­sur­ing to Pot­gi­eter and his con­sis­tency paid off with a 6-1 set, for a mem­o­rable and his­toric vic­tory for the Grade 8. The fi­nal's spec­ta­tors com­mented not only on the level of play, but also on the ev­i­dent ca­ma­raderie and sports­man­ship on court.

Dy­lan Marx scored a dou­ble vic­tory by win­ning the U14 ti­tle as well while Ignus Pot­gi­eter went on to win the U16 sin­gles ti­tle.

Ignus Pot­gi­eter of St An­drew's Col­lege won the schools U16 ten­nis sin­gles ti­tle, and was run­ner-up in the U19 match.

Pho­tos: Sup­plied

Dy­lan Marx of St An­drew's won the U14 and U19 school ten­nis champs.

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