The Tennis World Canberra Junior Open was held over split weekends at the Canberra Tennis Centre with 88 participants taking part.
ACT players competed well across the 12/u events, with Charlie Camus, Gen Casarotto, and Nicholas Maleganeas making it through to the semifinals. Camus beat Casarotto in the semis, while Jesse Ingleton (NSW) proved too strong for Maleganeas in a tight three set battle. In one of the standout matches of the tournament, Ingleton defeated Camus 4-2, 1-4, 4-1 in the final. The 12/u boy’s doubles final featured all ACT players with Quinn Blakers and Aaron Liu defeating Maleganeas and Connor Watts.
In the 12/u girls singles, Aliyah Dwyer made it through to the semis before falling to Taegan White (SA). White went onto win the title, defeating Marqaylar Tere (NSW) in a third set tiebreak. ACT’s Sophie McDonald, then combined with White to beat Tere and Isabella Andrews (NSW) in the 12/u girls doubles.
Tournament Director Jarrod Williams was thrilled with the sportsmanship and match quality displayed in the 12/u event. “Match consistency and player sportsmanship was a highlight noted by tournament staff. We were all spoilt to witness player technique and tactics developed through the many apparent on-court training hours”.
The following weekend ACT players dominated the 14/u girls, 16/u girls, and 16/u boys events. Alyssa Simoncini won the 14/u girls singles title, defeating fellow Canberra players Victoria D’Ambrosio and Saskia Kozlow in the semifinal and final respectively. Simoncini then combined with her younger sister, Sofia Simoncini to take out the doubles over Kozlow and Callison Row.
The 16/u boys featured four ACT players in the semifinals with Jack Tallarida Lyons defeating Daniel Zhang and Jimmy Fu taking out Oliver Sheehan. In the final Tallarida Lyons won two tiebreaks to take out the title without dropping a set. Fu and Zhang then combined to beat Tallarida Lyons and Sheehan in the doubles.
The 16/u girls event was a round robin with ACT players claiming the top three spots. Nornaaah Sharmaa went through undefeated to beat out Madison Sutherland (runner-up) and Annika Wise (3rd place).
The 14/u boys singles saw Victoria’s Roberto Besazza defeat Sean Wang (NSW) 0-4, 4-3, 4-2. The 14/u boys doubles was a closely contested affair with the round robin stages resulting in a three way tie. Charlie Snow (ACT) and Ryan Kitchin (NSW) were crowned champions after a countback on sets with Baden Arellano Gerrard (ACT) and Charlie Camus (ACT) finishing runner-up.
Williams was also pleased with performance of the 14/u and 16/u athletes. “Spectators and parents were happy to see such quality tennis coming from all players. This is a true credit to all the work coaches, parents and especially players have made to the individuals player performance.”
Tournament action continues in Canberra this weekend, with the Tennis World Canberra Indoor Championships set to take place from July 14-16.