Tennis 2021 Term One Season Tennis is a very popular sport played in Terms One and Four. In Term One, there are two levels, Junior (Years 9 and 10) and Senior (Years 11-13). In Term Four, only Junior teams have inter-school competition and this is held over five weeks after Labour Weekend. In Term One 2021, King's College will enter 14 teams of 6 players to participate in the Auckland Secondary Schools' competition, which is played over 8 weeks, including a Finals round. Our inter-school teams cater for tournament-level players and club-level participation. We also run an internal King's players-only season for a further 60 players who will play in a tournament format over 6 weeks. The College employs professional tennis coaching services from King's Old Collegain and ex-Davis Cup player Mark Nielsen and his coaching team. All students who play in a King's Team will receive weekly professional coaching during the season. There is a fee disbursed for this professional coaching. Teacher-in-Charge of Tennis: Mr Rowan Adams 2021, Term One Season Premier Senior "A" and "B" Grades Junior "A" and "B" Grades 1st Fixture Wed 10th February Sat 13th February Sat 13th February Finals day Wed 7th April Sat 27th March Sat 27th March The season runs for eight Saturday mornings until Saturday 27th March 2021. All team players are expected to be available for all scheduled matches, including any Exeat Weekend, and all Team Coaching practices. College Sport Tennis Draws, Term One, 2020 The official Match Draws can be found at this link Tennis Draws College Sport Tennis Rules, Term One, 2020 The College Sport Tennis Competition Rules Handbook can be found at this link Tennis Handbook 2020, Term Four Junior Season The official Match Draws can be found at this link Junior Tennis Draws 2020, Term Four Junior Results RESULTS Manager Team Competition Sat 28th Nov Place P Watts Junior 1 - PW Junior A1 Won 5-4 1ST D Parr Junior 2 - DP Junior A3 Lost 1-8 2ND D Mann Junior 3 - DM Junior B - Top 4 Won 5-4 2ND G Leicester Junior 4 - GD Junior B - Bottom 4 Lost 3-6 1ST 2020 Champion Teams in College Sport Auckland Interschool Competition Congratulations to the following teams who were placed 1st or 2nd in their 2020 College Sport Auckland Tennis competitions: Girls Senior A2 – Paul Haines, 2nd place in Senior A2 Girls Senior B Boys – Nikki Bentley, 1st place in Senior B Boys Pool D Junior Boys A2 – Brian Nguyen, 1st place in Junior A2 Boys Pool A Junior Boys A3 – David Mann, 1st place in Junior A2 Boys Pool B Auckland Champion of Champions Tournament 2020 In the first three weeks of March, a selection of our best King's College tennis players played in the College Sport Auckland Championships at u14 (Junior), u16 (Intermediate), or u19 (Senior) level. Senior Girls (u19): Miranda Yuan (TAY) was the 4th seed and reached the Singles semi-final round where she suffered defeat by the 1st seeded player. Intermediate Boys (u16): Christoph Grant (MAR) was the 2nd seed and after three match victories, reached the Final match but was unfortunately defeated by the 1st seed in the Singles Final. Together with Percy Meehan (AVE) Christoph also reached the Doubles Final but they were defeated by the 1st seed pair. Junior Boys (u14): Fraser McLaren (GRE) was unseeded and lost to the 2nd seed player in the Round of 16. William Lambie (MAR) was the 3rd seed and reached the Singles quarter-final round but was defeated by the 2nd seed. Together, Fraser and William reached the Junior Boys Doubles Final but they were defeated by the 1st seed pair. 2019 NZSS Tennis National Teams Event In the week of 25thMarch, Callum Mackay-Peters (PRT), Samuel Thomas (GRE), Antonio Escobar-Flaunty (SLW), Miranda Yuan (TAY), Niuniu Sun (TAY), Lucy McLaren (TAY), and Megan Hutchinson (TAY) travelled to Christchurch to represent King’s in the NZSS Tennis National Teams Event. This event took a different format in 2019 with open entry to all schools, although only players with sufficiently high national rankings could participate at the Championship level. So, King’s entered into the National Teams – Mixed Championship and Girls Cup divisions. Our King’s College Mixed Team of Miranda Yuan, Niuniu Sun, Callum Mackay-Peters, Samuel Thomas, and Antonio Escobar-Flaunty defeated teams from St Andrews College, Burnside High School, and Kristin College. Whilst matches against both Macleans College and St Kentigern College were lost, the closeness of some individual matches that were played actually helped earn the overall outcome. The Team played 30 matches, 64 sets, and won 45% of their 524 games to achieve the Bronze medal place in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Tennis National Teams Mixed Championship event. In the Girls Cup (2nd tier) event, Lucy McLaren and Megan Hutchinson, both played with great spirit and commitment to finish 7th after defeating both St Paul’s Collegiate and Feilding High School. Together, Lucy and Megan played 15 matches, with Megan Hutchinson determinedly winning 4 of her 5 Singles matches. With all but two of these players eligible to return in 2020, and several talented young Tennis players at school, King’s Tennis is proudly back on the top court.