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Other Events Week 1


There's a J100 (formerly J3) event in Sweden this week with a few young Brits involved.

Boys:

Dilhan Wasantha made it all the way through qualies to make the MD, meaning Brits have a quartet of Swedish opponents in R1.

Albert Widell (SWE) vs [5] Henry Jefferson
[3] Charlie Robertson vs Emil Kindhult (SWE)
[6] William Rejchtman Vinciguerra (SWE) vs [Q] Dilhan Wasantha
Alfons Ridstrom (SWE) vs [2] Viktor Frydrych

Girls:

[3] Marelie Raath vs Beatrise Zeltina (LAT)

There's also a J60 in Belgium with some British interest.

Boys:

Thomas Lefranc was beaten in FQR.

[3] Kyle McKay def. [WC] Elliot Costa (BEL) 4 & 1

Girls:

[8] Flora Johnson def. Laura Shelekova (GER) 1 & 0
Sirena Waas lost to Lauren Seye (BEL) 3 & 3



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India J100:

Allegra K Davies has won her first two rounds in this event, including beating the second seed

Germany J60:

Tamara Kuti won her R1 match

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J100, Sweden:

Wins in three sets for Charlie and Henry
In two sets for Viktor
And Dilhan put up a great fight, but ended up just losing out in the third.

Marelie also unfortunately lost, despite being 3rd seed

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India J100:

Allegra K Davies continues her good run, beating the 7th seed in the quarters




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J100, Sweden:

R2: Wins for Charlie and Henry and Viktor

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Belgium, J60

R2 win for Kyle McKay

R2 loss for Flora Johnson


Germany, J60

R2 loss for Tamara Kuti

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India J100:

Allegra K Davies lost her semi but a good week

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J100, Sweden:

QFs: Scotland's Charlie Robertson continues his great run (and proving the LTA wrong) whilst Henry lost by a whisker against the top seed, and Viktor lost far more easily





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What's the LTA/Charlie story, CD?

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I might be slightly barking up the wrong tree but there was a story (in The Times, I think) about how Charlie has had to battle really hard to get any recognition whatsoever, how his parents had to sell their business to pay for his coaching and travel etc, how the top bods had no interest.....

Now the lad is doing well, suddenly they're all interested.......

Which, I guess, is good, finally .....but what about all the other equally talented ones who the LTA had no interest in, who didn't have parents who were willing to go quite so far, other kids to consider, etc etc etc

(As an aside, Charlie - from photos - seems pretty small for his age - I do wonder if that's one of the reasons....)

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Thanks. I guess it's hard not to accept the help in the end. They are the key to unlocking so much opportunity, but I'm sure it's accepted through gritted teeth!

Size might be an issue, although we have plenty of players - juniors and seniors - who are considered "small" for tennis players (Gusic-Wan, Fery, Mchugh). It may have just been one coach's opinion at the time. I know from my Dad (who was a Prem League Scout) that you don't get them all right!



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Thanks. I guess it's hard not to accept the help in the end. They are the key to unlocking so much opportunity, but I'm sure it's accepted through gritted teeth!

Size might be an issue, although we have plenty of players - juniors and seniors - who are considered "small" for tennis players (Gusic-Wan, Fery, Mchugh). It may have just been one coach's opinion at the time. I know from my Dad (who was a Prem League Scout) that you don't get them all right!


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To me, and based on my time in the French system a while back, the key thing is to have a pyramid system.

So you've got the ones you've detected early as being the most promising who get the most help. Logical.

BUT you've got a layer beneath who get some help, and maybe a layer below that gets a a little help.

This allows for more fluidity between layers - i.e. your middle level lad might suddenly come on leaps and bounds and show himself worthy of top level help. And that's well possible because, as you say, it's hard to say deifnitively AND you've kept the door open.

If you only have elite level and nothing else, then the middle and lower level will most likely stagnate, often give up, and then there's no hope.

In France, we did it as national level, regional level and county level (and then there was also a sort of layer below, done mainly at club level).



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Belgium, J60

Kyle McKay has made the semis

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J100, Sweden:

Charlie lost quite easily in the semis, against the top seed

But Viktor is into the doubles final later today (playing with the top singles guy who beat Charlie) so fingers crossed for him/them

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First title of the year goes to Viktor Frydrych, dubs champion in Sweden, J100

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