Talented Primary School juniors from all over South Canterbury were on show yesterday at Timaru.The above pictures are courtesy of Ace Ventura photographer Willy.Pictures right and above runner-up in the A grade girls Anna Cochrane and and bottom right winner Annabel Ellis.Left and above the crowd on hand to watch the A grade girls , middle left Rebecca Gill Semi Finalist and runner-up A grade Boys Sam Lane .All in all a great days tennis in perfect conditions.!
Meanwhile oversea's at the Seogwipo Asian/Oceania Closed Championships 2010 New Zealand and Australian Junior girls have been decimated in the early rounds of this event.Ashleigh Barty winner of last weeks ITF event in Thailand was beaten by Kanami Tsuji of Japan 6-2 6-2, Emily Fanning New Zealand the 8 th seed was beaten by unseeded player Ratnika Batra of India 6-3 6-0 and Belinda Woolcock of Australia did not even make the court against 3rd seed Hozumi of Japan.
Not much publicity in the SEED FOUNDATION sponsorship ,three female New Zealand Tennis players have been awarded these and a considerable amount of money.I question the foresight and reasoning of one of these selections.Someone who has been selected for New Zealand but never made themselves available throughout the juniors.....and in assessing players in the modern game how far can a player in the womens tennis with two hands both sides really go?Of course Monica Seles a truly great of the game had two hands both sides but could she survive in the current game and we are not talking about another Seles believe me!And what message does this selection send out to local juniors that have supported New Zealand tennis and needs a break to further achieve.I maybe wrong however don't hold your breath waiting for these recipients to break into the top 100. Time will Tell.