I thought I was back in Australia yesterday as Timaru broke the record for its hottest day ever, with the temperature hitting a scorching 40.3 degrees shortly before 4pm yesterday.We spent the morning with 14 young tennis players in the 10s and 12s age group for a very productive 3 hr session when the temperature was only 36! The one thing about weather in New Zealand it changes very quickly this morning woke to heavy rain which cancelled our early morning training.
Not much to report on the Breaking news front ,Italy defeated Australia in the quarter final Fed Cup match in Tasmania, Read the report HERE. Watched a little on the net with live streaming , was nice to see the Italians using court craft in their matches as well as controlled aggression, compared to the Aussies who used aggression most of it uncontrolled on the points that mattered.Stosur looked like she was sucking Lemons on the change of ends and played some amateurish points in key games of which you would see at a local Junior tournament.
Over sea's players dominated the Auckland ITF and results are found HERE
Jayden Grinter was the best performed New Zealander reaching the semi's of the boys singles and winning the boys doubles.Grinter is a big powerful lad and now needs to double his work rate and seek tougher tournaments.Maybe he has a chance if he can get over the mental culture ie one thinks they are working hard but not as hard in retrospect to the other side of the world.