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Youngsters enjoy taste of the pro tour at Totally Tennis
4:00pm Tuesday 26th February 2013 in Sport
WHILE Rafael Nadal was busy winning the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo, Travis Clayton, Funnso Otudeko and Kirsty Da Silva won their own titles at the Totally Tennis Brazil Open, held at the indoor centre in War Memorial Park.
Coach Ben Jubin ran the afternoon events, part of the Totally Tennis Tour, which saw Clayton win the B Squad tournament, with Josh James finishing in the runner-up position.
Clayton, playing on his birthday, celebrated by winning five out of five matches, beating Daniel Collins 5-3, Marcus Goosey 8-0, Robert Harker 9-0, James 4-0 and Jack Tearle 11-1 to collect the maximum 250 points. James won four matches.
Funnso won all his matches in the C Squad event, defeating Oliver Brown 3-1, Harrison Feast 3-2 and Erin McEwan 5-1. Brown was runner-up, beating Feast 3-2 and McEwan 5-2. Feast was in third place, beating McEwan 5-1.
In the Mini Red competition, Kirsty Da Silva won Box A, beating Connor Blackman 10-0 and Jack Rushbrook 10-7. Rushbrook was runner-up, defeating Blackman 10 -3.
The Box B winner was Melissa Toner, who won all her matches against Amberley Chapman 10-8, Oli Steer 10-8 and Mohan Thondapu 10-3. Chapman was in second place, beating Steer 10-1 and Thondapu 10-6, while third place went to Steer, who beat Thondapu 10-8.
In the semi-finals, Da Silva played Chapman, winning 10-1, and Toner beat Rushbrook 10-9. In the final, Da Silva defeated Toner 10-7 to collect the top points and Chapman beat Rushbrook 10-7 to finish in third place.
Jubin said: “With lots of points on offer, everyone was eager to add to their leaderboard total. All the players really enjoy competing in these events, which reflect what is going on in the professional Tour across the world, with a chance to emulate their tennis heroes.”
Chapman currently tops the Mini Red leaderboard with 1475 points, followed by Toner on 1100 points.
Brown is top of the C Squad leaderboard with 1725 points and Feast is in second place with 1250 points.
The B squad leader is Clayton with 1725 points and Collins is in second position on 975 points.
The Tour offers lots of opportunities for players to earn points for their leaderboard total, with winners of the four Grand Slam events (Australian Open, French Open, Wimble-don and US Open) collecting 1,000 points and the runner-up awarded 500 points.
All other tournaments have a winner’s prize of 250 points and a runners-up total of 125 points.
The next Totally Tennis Tour event, The Sony Open, will take place on Sunday, March 24, at the same time as British players Andy Murray, Heather Watson and Laura Robson compete at The Sony Open at Crandon Park in Miami, Florida.
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