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    Tuesday 29th March 2016 -
    TA are represented in two of the finals at the Sutton Tennis Academy Easter Grade 2 Tournament for the second successive year. In the Boys 10 & Under event Jake Evans completely dominated a strong field to win his first ever title at national level.
    In the final he comfortably defeated Hugo Coquelin 4-2 4-0, rounding off a remarkable tournament in which he dropped an average of less than two games per match (in six matches)! There was still the lingering suspicion that Jake possesses a few additional gears in reserve - a daunting prospect for his opponents. TA also had the Consolation winner for this event in Dilhan Wasantha, winning five of his six matches - no mean feat in itself for a national tournament.
    In the Girls 12 & Under event, Alexandra McDonald was unseeded, and yet she embarked on a phenomenal run all the way to the final before being edged out in a nail-biter by Mary Hoggard. The final score being 5-7 6-4 [11-13] with Alexandra at one stage holding a match point that she was unable to convert.

    Tuesday 22nd March 2016 -
    The GB 12 & Under team including Alexandra McDonald are on their way to Brussels when news of the bomb blasts there filter through, and the group turn back en-route. A brief incursion of "real life" to provide a reminder to players, if it is needed, of how lucky they all are to be doing what they are doing - and to enjoy every moment without being too stressed by anything on a tennis court.
    Saturday 19th March 2016 -
    Playing two age groups up does not stop Jaquelyn Ogunwale from maintaining her winning habits. She won the 16 & Under Grade 4 WCT tournament at DL Basildon by defeating Nina Sherwen 6-4 6-2 in the final. Jaquelyn will be hoping to transfer her domestic success to the European stage soon.


    Sunday 6th March 2016 -
    Alexandra McDonald wins the Grade 3 (Winter Regional Tour) 12 & Under Girls tournament at Hills Road Tennis Centre without dropping a set, a just reward for a sustained period of high quality training. In the final she defeated Lydia Sivirentsava 6-4 6-2, and now looks forward to representing GB in a friendly match in Belgium.
    Saturday 20th February 2016 -
    Two TA players win their events at the Grade 3 Riverside Northwood tournament. In the Girls 12 & Under event Given Roach was triumphant, defeating Jorja Reynolds in the final 6-4 3-6 [10-2]. Then Jake Evans (right) won the Boys 10 & Under event by defeating Sergio Vieira 4-1 4-0 in a one-sided final. Once again Jake proves that, at this level, he is formidable!
    Meanwhile many of our other players were competing in the Grade 4 Wilton Open in Wimbledon. TA had FOURTEEN representatives in NINE out of twelve finals - eventually winning EIGHT of the titles. Both Boys and Girls 18 & Under events, and the Ladies Open event, were TA v TA affairs.

    There were victories for Dilhan Wasantha and Nina Blay (inset - bottom left) in the 10 & Under events, each winning 4-0 4-0 in their respective finals against Ekow Winney and Cerys Howells. Alexandra McDonald (inset - bottom right) won the Girls 14 & Under final with a 6-3 6-3 win over Jasmine Williams. Furqan Lawal (left) came through a tight match 6-4 6-4 against Freddie Plummer in the Boys 12 & Under final. Teta Thuku-Benzinge (second left) was comfortable against Daniela Szynkowska in the Girls 16 & Under final, winning 6-0 6-1. Vaishali Jorge (second right) won both the Girls 18 & Under and Womens Open finals defeating fellow TA players Annunciata De-Souza 6-4 6-4 and Mandi Furaji 6-3 2-6 [10-8] respectively in entertaining finals. Srdan Pejic also defeated a fellow TA player, Steven Zahui, in the Boys 18 & Under final 4-6 6-3 [10-5].

    Friday 19th February 2016 -
    Jake Evans wins the 10 & Under Boys event at the Grade 4 New River Indoor Junior Open. He defeated Kapene Plews 4-1 4-1 in a comfortable final, and in fact he lost just seven games in seven sets during the whole of the tournament. Jake becomes the early front-runner to become the TA player with the most tournament wins in 2016.
    Sunday 14th February 2016 -
    Dilhan Wasantha wins the Boys 10 & Under event at the Grade 3 Centreline Tennis David Lloyd Derby tournament. He had to negotiate some contrasting matches to do so. After winning his first two matches comfortably, he then had to fight very hard to recover from big deficits in the next two matches, including saving match points.

    Then in the final Dilhan simply played excellent tennis and did not give his opponent Kieran Edworthy a chance to settle, winning 4-1 4-1. He then teamed up with Samik Chandarana to win the doubles event as well.

    Friday 22nd January 2016 -
    Jaquelyn Ogunwale becomes the second TA player in a week to make their debut representing GB; in the 11 & Under friendly match at home (NTC) to France. Her selection - as GB No.1 - means we have had FIVE different players from three consecutive age groups (2003, 2004 and now 2005) representing GB in little over 12 months.
    Sunday 17th January 2016 -
    Alexandra McDonald makes her debut representing GB in the Girls 12 & Under friendly match away to France in Lille. Having made the worst possible start, losing 0-6 0-6 to their No.1, she showed real character to come back and be highly competitive in her remaining three matches, including a three set victory over their No.2.

    Meanwhile two of our 10 & Under Boys have won Grade 3 Winter Regional Tour events, thus qualifying for the next linked Grade 2 event. Dilhan Wasantha (left) won the event held at Bromley TC, defeating Angus Howard in the final 5-3 5-3. At the Sutton Tennis Academy event Jake Evans was the victor, defeating Luca Bluett 5-4(3) 4-1 in his final.
    Wednesday 6th January 2016 -
    TA have been attending the Lemon Bowl tournament in Rome (Italy) for the past three years but a winner has eluded us - until now! Fadi Bidan a Syrian-born player currently based in Beirut (Lebanon), who trains under the watchful eye of his father, is an overseas-supported player who we will see much more of soon. Fadi triumphed in a very strong 10 & Under Boys event to demonstrate his considerable talent and potential. He defeated Italian player Sebastiano Cocola 7-6(3) 7-6(4) in a highly tactical and often tense final.

    Thursday 31st December 2015 -
    At the Grade 4 Sutton Tennis Academy Christmas Indoor Tournament, Vaishali Jorge (left) overcomes Teta Thuku-Benzinge in an all-TA 18 & Under Girls final. Teta in fact won the most games off Vaishali in the tournament despite the relatively comfortable scoreline of 6-3 6-0.
    Meanwhile at the Grade 4 Virgin Active Warwickshire Christmas Open, Given Roach defeated Talia Neilson-Gatenby 4-0 4-2 to win in the Girls 12 & Under event (though both girls are still 10 & Under players).
    Wednesday 23rd December 2015 -
    Our fifth annual TA Academy awards event and Christmas party is a big success! A chance for everyone to let off some steam after a year of hard work, and also the opportunity for players to show off their cups, trophies and medals won in 2015. It was a hugely successful year for TA players, with two Tennis Europe titles, one National Champion, SEVEN Grade 2 National titles, many other extraordinary international results and Grade 3 wins.
    Every year the TA Champions Cup is awarded to the player winning the most singles tournaments in the calendar year. We had a two-way tie in 2013, but this year there were three players tied on thirteen tournament wins each (Green ball and above), to make it the tightest finish ever. The traditional tie-breaker is to see who has won more of the highest grade of tournament. By this criteria, Jaquelyn Ogunwale would have been the clear winner having won Grade 1, Grade 2 and international tournaments. Agonisingly for her however, one tournament win had to be deducted from her total tally as there were only two entrants and the LTA had officially declared the match as "Ratings Only". This left two players with near identical records, but in the final count, Dilhan Wasantha (1x International, 5x Grade 3, 4x Grade 4, 3x Grade 5) edged out Jake Evans (6x Grade 3, 5x Grade 4, 2x Grade 5) by the narrowest of margins. He scraped home by virtue of the single international tournament won, but kudos to all three players for their amazing efforts.
    -- Other awards presented on the day were as follows:
    Most Improved Player Of the Year: Alexandra McDonald. She burst onto the scene this year, won three Grade 2 national tournaments, was runner-up in the National Championships and finished as the No.1 ranked 10 & Under girl at the end of the summer 2015 season, earning her a call-up for the GB team. Alexandra was one half of the duo who totally dominated the 10 & Under Girls age group in the summer season; winning EVERY national tournament between them, and only losing to each other for the whole of the season!
    Coaches Player of the Year: Jaquelyn Ogunwale. While this award is not always decided on pure achievement but also on many other factors which we value, in a year of exceptional achievements it is fitting that that our winner this year is the second half of the duo that dominated the 10 & Under Girls age group. Having been ranked ranked No.1 in the country after the Winter 2014/2015 season, Jaquelyn went on to become National Champion, win three Grade 2 titles, get called up for the GB team, and achieve some big wins against top European girls of her age.
    Players Player of the Year: Mandi Furaji. She won a 12 & Under Tennis Europe tournament precisely two years ago. Since then, she very deliberately and maturely allowed her tennis to take a back seat while she made a colossal effort with her studies. The outcome is that at the age of 14 she now has EIGHT A* grades at GCSE Level. Mandi will complete her remaining two GCSEs and three A Levels (Maths Physics, Chemistry) this coming summer, hopefully maintaining her flawless grades. This will be the springboard for her to put all her energies back into tennis when it really matters. It is to the enormous credit of her peers that they have recognised and valued her efforts, commitment and long-term thinking - and also an indication that they can see signs of her tennis now returning to the heights where it rightfully belongs.
    Greatest Contributor: Vaishali Jorge. For the second year running Vaishali has been recognised as the player making the greatest contribution to TA, and was the deserved winner by a huge majority.
    Thursday 17th December 2015 -
    Dilhan Wasantha wins the 10 & Under Boys event at the Grade 3 equivalent Casely International #13 tournament in Pembroke Pines (Florida, USA). A week of experience competing mostly against South American players proved very useful in the final where he defeated Costa Rican player Adrian Quiros 6-4 6-2.


    Friday 11th December 2015 -
    At the Grade 3 equivalent Casely International #10 tournament in Pembroke Pines (Florida, USA), Jake Evans wins the 10 & Under Boys event. He became stronger and stronger as the tournament progressed, and in the final he executed his tactics perfectly to defeat Nando Aranguiz of Chile 6-3 6-2.
    Wednesday 9th December 2015 -
    At the "Big Mo" tournament in Palm Beach Gardens (Florida, USA), running parallel to "Little Mo", Mandi Furaji wins the Girls 14 & Under Doubles event partnering USA player Sofia Varela. In the one-set final (reduced due to rain) they defeated Chacadyah Lewis (USA) and Adriana De La Calle Viscasil (NCA) 6-1. Mandi was also placed 3rd in the 14 & Under Girls singles event.

    Sunday 8th November 2015 -

    Two weeks ago in her previous trip to Turkey for the Champions Bowl World Finals Jaquelyn Ogunwale defeated Anja Petkovic, the runner-up at the Smrikva Bowl tournament (widely regarded as the top 10 & Under tournament in Europe). Jaquelyn returned to Turkey this week for the Ten-Pro Global Junior Tour in Antalya and reached the final where she was due to meet the Smrikva Bowl winner, Alena Kasatkina of Russia. She was denied the opportunity however as Alena withdrew, handing Jaquelyn a win by walkover.
    Friday 6th November 2015 -
    Jack Pinnington Jones has been representing Great Britain in a 13 & Under friendly match against France at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton. He has firmly consolidated his positon in the GB team for his age group, and is one of two players assured of selection for the important matches.


    Sunday 1st November 2015 -
    At the 10 & Under Grade 3 Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre WRT tournament, Dilhan Wasantha may have got off to a slow start, but once in full flow he produced some excellent tennis. In the final Dilhan was leading Mikey Forrest 3-1 when his opponent was disqualified by the referee for his behaviour, which meant that Dilhan won the match and tournament.
    Saturday 31st October 2015 -
    Three TA players win Grade 3 events this week, all in three sets! Firstly in the 12 & Under Girls final of the Bromley TC Autumn Tournament, Alexandra McDonald and Iman Khan fought out a close final before Alexandra emerged with a 6-4 5-7 [10-4] victory. Meanwhile at the Totteridge Junior Open

    there were victories for Jaquelyn Ogunwale in the Girls 12 & Under and Dilhan Wasantha in the Boys 10 & Under events. Jaquelyn defeated Darya Osadova 5-7 6-1 [10-1], finishing the match off with a devastating tie-break. Dilhan defeated a very stubborn and consistent Luca Bluett 5-4(6) 3-5 [11-9] in a match that was on a knife edge from start to finish.
    Thursday 29th October 2015 -
    At the Grade 4 BBS Beckenham Junior Open, Amelia Monteith wins the 12 & Under Girls event. Having survived a three set rollercoaster of a semi-final match, Amelia proceeded to defeat Isabel McCullough 4-1 4-2 in the final.

    Saturday 24th October 2015 -
    More international success for TA players, this time at the Champions Bowl World Finals 2015, held in the plush surroundings of the 5* Starlight Convention Center, Thalasso Spa & Sports Resort in Manavgat (Turkey).

    Left to right - Jaquelyn Ogunwale, Dilhan Wasantha (front), Haruki Omori-Cowie (back),
    Jack Pinnington Jones, Srdan Pejic, Jake Evans, Given Roach, Natalya Ogunwale

    Having been invited to form a team to represent Champions Bowl Great Britain, TA took a strong group out to Turkey to compete against the national winners of the Champions Bowl in each participant country. In its inaugural year, there were players from 16 different nations taking part, and we got EIGHT of our players onto the podium:
    12&U Boys:
    -- Jack Pinnington Jones bt. Miguel Perez (ESP) 6-3 6-2
    12&U Girls:
    -- Natalya Ogunwale lost to Mirela Shkumbova (BUL) 4-6 1-6
    10&U Girls:
    -- Jaquelyn Ogunwale lost to Juliya Zlateva (BUL) 3-5 3-5
    9&U Boys:
    -- Dilhan Wasantha lost to Petr Brunclík (CZE) 2-5 5-2 0-5
    -- Given Roach (10&U Girls);
    -- Jake Evans (10&U Boys);
    -- Haruki Omori-Cowie (13&U Boys).
    10&U Girls:
    -- Jaquelyn Ogunwale & Given Roach
    16&U Boys:
    -- Srdan Pejic (partnering Zlatan Palazov - BUL)


    Sunday 27th September 2015 -
    There are victories for two TA players in 14 & Under Grade 4 WCT events. Haruki Omori-Cowie (left) won the Boys event in Woking with an excellent comeback against Eliot Glaysher. Score: 0-4 4-3(4) [10-6]. Meanwhile Given Roach won the Girls event (round-robin) in Harlow despite just being 10 years old. She too had to come back from behind against eventual runner-up Roksolana Werbowy, winning 1-4 4-0 [10-5].
    Sunday 20th September 2015 -
    New TA player Given Roach achieves her first tournament win since joining the academy at the beginning of the month. Given defeated Grace Tuson 4-1 4-0 in the final of the Grade 4 Sutton Tennis Academy 12 & Under Girls WCT event.
    Saturday 19th September 2015 -
    At the Grade 4 Virgin Active Surrey WCT Boys 10 & Under tournament Dilhan Wasantha edges Carl Holder in the final. Dilhan recovered from 1-3 down, dealt well with the tiny margin for error offered by the new FAST 4 match format, and finally dominated the tie-break to win 4-3(0).

    Wednesday 2nd September 2015 -
    Congratulations to 13 year old Jack Segens on his first ever tournament victory! He won the Mens Open event at the Corralejo Tennis Academy in Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) defeating an adult player Roberto Moretti 6-5(5) in the final.
    The somewhat unusual scoreline being due to the match being reduced by the Referee on health concerns - with the players having gruelling rallies in searing heat nearing 49°.
    Monday 31st August 2015 -
    TA finish the season with both the No.1 and No.2 ranked players in the Girls 10 & Under National Leaderboard. Alexandra McDonald claimed top spot with the No.1 player from last season Jaquelyn Ogunwale coming close behind. An awesome achievement from the two girls who thoroughly dominated their age group in Great Britain this season.

    Saturday 29th August 2015 -
    Three TA girls win five events between them at their respective Grade 3 County Closed Championships. In Middlesex, 14 year old Mandi Furaji won both the 18 & Under Girls and Womens Open events. She won by a walkover against Zeniece Hall in the junior event and in the open event she defeated fellow TA player Vaishali Jorge 6-4 6-1.
    In Bedfordshire, siblings Jaquelyn (left) and Natalya Ogunwale kept four of the titles in the family. Jaquelyn won the 12 & Under event at age 10 defeating Elizaveta Verzhbitskaya 6-0 6-1 in the final. Natalya won the 14 & Under, 16 & Under and 18 & Under events at age 12 by defeating Harriet Potter 6-4 6-0, Emma Brown 6-0 6-2 and Claudia Johnson 6-0 6-4 in her respective finals.
    Thursday 27th August 2015 -
    Tennis Avenue players continue achieving unprecedented successes. The "Teniske Nade" tournament in Belgrade is the top 9 & Under (Green ball) tournament in Serbia, attracting the very best players from Serbia and the Balkans. This year it had the added prestige of serving as the national masters event for the Champions Bowl (international junior tournament) in Serbia, with the winner also being awarded a wildcard into the Smrikva Bowl 2016 tournament.
    In this context, it is a remarkable achievement for Dilhan Wasantha to go out there and come away with victory after some very hard-fought matches. In his second round match he had to recover from 1-3 down in both sets before winning 5-3 5-3. In the final he faced top seed David Rakic, a strong opponent who refused to give away any cheap points in the first set, with Dilhan having to produce outstanding tennis to win each point on the slow clay courts.
    Having edged the first set he managed to maintain an iron grip on the match until the Serbian boy lost his belief. Dilhan emerged with a 5-3 4-1 victory, as well as (not one but) the two biggest cups he has ever won - literally!
    Saturday 22nd August 2015 -
    A first 10 & Under Grade 3 tournament win for Dilhan Wasantha. Having never played on grass courts before, Dilhan proved to be a natural on the surface at the Devonshire Park LTC Open tournament. He played some excellent tennis and did not drop a set all tournament. In the final he defeated top seed Finbar McGarvey 5-4(1) 4-2 for a well deserved victory.

    Friday 21st August 2015 -
    BOTH of the 10 & Under Girls finalists at the Grade 1 Summer National Tour Finals are Tennis Avenue players! Jaquelyn Ogunwale (right) and Alexandra McDonald have dominated the age group this season, winning EVERY Grade 2 tournament between them and being the top two players in the country by some distance. Indeed neither of them lost to any player of their own age group apart from each other.
    Each girl was therefore entitled to feel optimistic about their chances here, but at the semi-final stage both were given a fright by being taken to three sets. They both needed to show some mettle in order to win their respective matches.
    In the final itself, Jaquelyn played some superb tennis to keep Alexandra at bay and never allowed her to get into a rhythm. Jaquelyn managed to maintain a high level of tennis to the end, winning 4-0 4-2 to become the worthy champion.
    Wednesday 19th August 2015 -
    Naomi Ingaru confirms her continued progress by winning the 14 & Under Girls event at the Bush Hill Park tournament. She defeated top seed Jaynie Awcock 6-4 3-6 1-0(5) in a close final to claim the title.


    Monday 17th August 2015 -
    At the Grade 3 Leverstock Green Open, Jaquelyn Ogunwale warms up nicely for the upcoming Nationals by winning the 12 & Under Girls event. In a final contested by the top two seeds, Jaquelyn eventually prevailed against Charlotte Tatham after a 6-4 3-6 [10-8] battle.
    Wednesday 12th August 2015 -
    Dilhan Wasantha wins his second 10 & Under Boys Grade 4 tournament of the week, this time at the Morrisons Solicitors Reigate open. In a repeat of the Limpsfield final of last month, Dilhan faced Flynn Bolton in the final. The outcome was the same again, albeit with the more decisive scoreline of 4-2 4-1 to Dilhan.


    Monday 10th August 2015 -
    Alexandra McDonald (left) wins the 12 & Under event at the Grade 3 Truro Junior & Senior Open. In the final she faced Francesca Davis, one of her regular rivals from the 10 & Under national circuit. Alexandra maintained her upper hand with a 6-3 6-2 victory. Meanwhile in the 10 & Under Boys event at the Grade 4 Gravesham Summer Open, Dilhan Wasantha was fortunate to
    qualify from his box in first place after a heavy defeat in his final group match. The ensuing three-way tie was decided on "games won percentage", ironically with the boy he lost to being eliminated in third place. Dilhan then went on to play very well in his semi final, before defeating Ulrich Nienaber 4-2 in the final, the same player he had beaten previously in his box and who had qualified in second place.

    Saturday 8th August 2015 -
    At the Grade 4 Wigmore Open, two TA players win their first ever singles titles (which we are sure will be the first of many for both of them). In the Girls 14 & Under event Aliya Henry was the dominant force and did not drop a set all tournament, convincingly defeating Naomi Brown 6-1 6-0 in the final.
    Thomas Kavanagh had earlier won the 10 & Under Boys event. After winning his first four matches with ease, the final also seemed destined for a quick finish when he took a 4-1 lead. However his opponent Alexander Bradley Glinister had other ideas, storming to the second set without dropping a game. In the end Thomas saved four match points before going on to win 4-1 0-4 [16-14] in a dramatic match tie-break.

    Friday 7th August 2015 -
    Camilia Samel-Druz wins her second successive tournament in Spain - this time in a Yellow ball tournament. At the Tecnifibre Circuit event held at CT Alzira, Camilia had to recover from a set down to defeat Carmen Lopez-Martinez 2-4 4-2 [10-7] in the Girls 10 & Under final.
    Tuesday 4th August 2015 -
    Jaquelyn Ogunwale wins again, this time in the 12 & Under Girls event at the Grade 3 Letchworth Summer Open tournament. Winning all her matches in straight sets, she was particularly impressive in her final against good national player Ananya Vartak, winning 6-1 6-1.


    Monday 3rd August 2015 -
    Congratulations to Mandi Furaji and Srdan Pejic for becoming the second and third TA players to gain their very first Junior ITF points on our mini-tour of Ireland. They both reached the second round of the main draw in their respective events in Dundalk. They will now be junior (18 & Under) world-ranked, with Mandi becoming the No.1 ranked Tanzanian girl (at 14) and Srdan becoming the youngest ranked Croatian boy (at 15).
    Sunday 2nd August 2015 - French player Camilia Samel-Druz wins the 9 & Under (Green ball) event at the Champions Bowl regional tournament held in Castellón, Spain. Camilia emphatically defeated Mar Talens Serra 6-0 6-0 in the final. Full-court competitive opportunities have been limited for her, being 2006-born, but early indications from national camps and invitational events (with the French Federation) are that she is the No.1 girl in France for her age - and one of the very best in Europe.

    Friday 31st July 2015 -
    In the 10 & Under Boys event at the Grade 3 Woking Open There is an all-TA final between Jake Evans and Dilhan Wasantha. After a match of very high quality tennis and great sportsmanship from both players, Jake emerged as the 4-2 4-2 winner to add another trophy to his growing collection.
    Thursday 30th July 2015 -
    Jaquelyn Ogunwale continues her progress up the yellow-ball rankings with victory in the Girls 14 & Under event at the Knighton Junior Grade 4 tournament. A dominant showing in the event culminated with her defeating Daniella Page 4-0 4-0 in the final.

    Tuesday 28th July 2015 -
    Jake Evans continues his relentless pursuit of trophies by claiming the 10 & Under title at The Dulwich Open (Grade 4) tournament. In the final he played fellow TA player Thomas Kavanagh who has been making huge strides of his own of late, but Jake was too strong on the day and won 4-1 4-1.

    Monday 27th July 2015 -
    Congratulations to Katie Morris for picking up her first points in Junior ITF competition. She reached the second round of the main draw in Malahide, Ireland and will now obtain a junior (18 & Under) world ranking.
    Sunday 26th July 2015 -
    Jack Pinnington Jones helps Great Britain qualify for the final rounds of the 12 & Under Tennis Europe Nations Challenge by HEAD, the main international team tournament of the summer for this age group. Playing No.1 for the team, he won two of his three single matches in a group featuring Israel, Poland and Slovak Republic (as well as the decisive doubles match partnering No.2 Derrick Chen in the play-off against Austria). UPDATE: the GB team have chosen not to travel to Turkey for the final rounds due to security concerns.

    Meanwhile out in Prague (Czech Republic) there is an all-TA final in the 12 & Under Boys event at TK Banik Praha for the second year running. This time around Miles Speer (left) and Furqan Lawal battled it out in a tense final, with victory eventually being claimed by Furqan 7-6(5) 6-3. The duo then teamed up to win the doubles event after a marathon three set match against Czech opponents.
    Saturday 25th July 2015 -
    Alexandra McDonald breaks off from dominating the 10 & Under age group to serve warning to the 12 & Unders of her impending long term arrival on the scene. She won the older age group at the Grade 3 Wigmore Moor Park Open by defeating Mayéla Bassega 6-3 3-6 [10-4] in the final.


    Friday 24th July 2015 -
    Congratulations to Shyllum Dowden (left) for winning his first title at the Bishops Park Grade 4 Tournament. He defeated Jago Bluett 4-2 4-2 in the 12 & Under Boys final to deservedly cap a successful few days for him.
    Previously at the same tournament, TA players Jake Evans (right) and Dilhan Wasantha had contested the final of the Boys 10 & Under event, with Jake winning 5-3 in the final after fighting off a trademark comeback from Dilhan who had clawed his way back to 3-3 from 0-3.
    Thursday 23rd July 2015 -
    After a couple of barren tournaments, unusual by his own high standards, Jake Evans returns to winning ways at the Grade 3 Dan Burden Memorial Tournament. He powered his way to victory in the 10 & Under event by defeating Jonah Bryant 4-0 4-0 in the final (he won his last three matches for the loss of just one game).

    Sunday 19th July 2015 -
    A third straight 10 & Under National Grade 2 title for Alexandra McDonald - without dropping a single set in any of them. At the TeamBath CoMpete Open Tennis Festival, she defeated Francesca Davis 4-0 4-2 in the final and she matches the feat of training partner Jaquelyn Ogunwale who had won the previous three Grade 2 tournaments in a row! Between the two of them they have won six out of the seven Grade 2s in 2015.
    Tuesday 14th July 2015 -
    Chiara Castellano (right), one of three top-10 ranked players visiting us from Italy, wins the Girls 10 & Under event at the Grade 4 Limpsfield Junior Open. She defeated Stephanie Vieira 4-2 4-2 in the final and won all her matches in straight sets. By contrast Dilhan Wasantha (left) had a much tougher task in winning the Boys 10 & Under event. Indeed Dilhan had to make an astonishing

    comeback from 1-4 1-3 down (and save three consecutive match points) to defeat Jonah Bryant in the quarter final before eventually reaching the final and winning 5-3 4-2 against Flynn Bolton.
    Saturday 12th July 2015 -
    Players, family and friends defy the wet and windy weather to produce a big turnout for our second annual TA Finals Day. There were some excellent matches for everyone to enjoy, with the following players emerging as worthy TA Academy champions for 2015. Pictured below, clockwise from the back: Roberto Preka (Boys 18 & Under), Mandi Furaji (Girls 14 & Under), Jaquelyn Ogunwale (Girls 10 & Under), Dilhan Wasantha (Boys 10 & Under), and Jack Pinnington Jones (Boys 14 & Under). The Girls 18 & Under final between Mandi and Katie Morris was postponed to a later date.
    The day was kicked off in style by ex- Davis Cup players Danny Sapsford and Luke Milligan (brightideasfortennis.org) conducting a series of coaching clinics for our players and assembled adults. The clinics were a huge success, and contributed to us raising over Ł1000 on the day towards improving facilities at TA, so special thanks go out to Danny and Luke.
    There were also a number of fun tie-break tournaments on the day which were just as keenly contested as the main tournament matches. Dilhan won the Mini Ties event (10 & Under) to go with his main 10 & Under title. The Junior Ties (18 & Under) winner was Elliot Bryant, a former TA player who made a convincing case for inclusion in the event by bringing us his signature chocolate brownies. The Open Ties event (adults only) was won by Mr. Mark Ogunwale with his unique blend of spin, craft and confusion tactics. Finally in the Family Ties doubles event, Teta Dieudonné and mum Jayne were the smiling assasins, ruthlessly dispatching all opponents that stood in their way.
    Friday 3rd July 2015 -
    Extraordinary success at the OUATT Kids Cup 2015 in La Baule, France: TA Players have claimed no less than FIVE titles (four singles, one doubles) at this international junior tournament.
    The biggest story of the tournament was undoubtedly made by Miles Speer (far left) who had previously not won a tournament greater than LTA Grade 4 or equivalent - nor had he ever set foot on a clay court before. However Miles won three hard-fought matches to reach the final of the 11 & Under Boys event. He then played tennis of the highest quality to defeat Theo Allayous, one of the top 5 players in France, 6-3 6-3 to clinch the title.
    Other TA winners: Jaquelyn Ogunwale (front row, second right) won the 10 & Under Girls event defeating Italian Frederica Urgesi 5-4(6) 5-3; Mandi Furaji (back row, left) defeated Dutch girl Anouk van Hoek 6-4 6-1 in the 14 & Under Girls event; and Srdan Pejic (back row, right) won the 15 & Under Boys event with a 6-4 7-6(5) win over Jules Bondeux of France.
    In the 10 & Under Boys doubles Dilhan Wasantha (front row, centre) partnered Italian player Fabio Di Michele (front row, second left) to victory over a Japanese / Mexican pair. Dilhan was also deservedly recognised by the tournament organisers with a special award for his positive attitude and fighting spirit.
    Finally an honourable mention for Alexandra McDonald (far right) who narrowly lost out to a very tough Belgian opponent, Léa Mouton, in the 11 & Under Girls final.
    Sunday 28th June 2015 -
    At the Scottish Junior Open, Alexandra McDonald picks up her second consecutive National Grade 2 title in the Girls 10 & Under event. She breezed through to the final losing just five games in five matches. The final against Jasmine Conway was also looking a formality when Alexandra won the first set 4-1. However drama followed as Jasmine won the second set and stormed into an 8-4 lead in the match tie-break. This only enabled Alexandra to demonstrate her fierce fighting spirit when called upon, and she emerged with a 4-1 2-4 [11-9] victory.
    Saturday 27th June 2015 -
    Not to be out-done by his younger brother, Fadi Bidan wins both the 12 & Under AND 14 & Under events at the Samaya tournament in Beirut, Lebanon. Just like his brother, Fadi was playing up in age groups being only 9 years old himself. In the 12s event he defeated Mustafa Natour 6-1 6-1 and in the 14s he defeated Raul Yazbeck 6-2 6-2.


    Friday 26th June 2015 -
    Natalya Ogunwale and Jack Pinnington Jones have both been representing Great Britain this week in the 12 & Under Invitational Team Event at Queenswood School. It is the first call-up for Natalya and she becomes the third TA player to represent GB in the past year. Natalya and Jack each won three of their five matches, but this was not enough for their teams to win their respective events.
    Sunday 31st May 2015 -
    Congratulations to our youngest, and most remote, winner! Seven year old Giorgio Bidan has won the Boys 10 & Under Spring Hills tournament in Beirut (Lebanon), with a 4-1 4-0 victory over Nadim Asmar. We will be hearing more about Giorgio, and his elder brother Fadi, in the not too distant future!

    Saturday 30th May 2015 -
    Longines Future Tennis Aces 2015 @ Roland Garros
    Jack Pinnington Jones scales new heights. On a beautiful clay court, specially built next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris by Longines and the Roland Garros ground staff, Jack reached the final of the Longines Future Tennis Aces 2015 tournament. It is an Under 13 tournament running parallel to the French Open and Jack is the first UK representative to reach the final in its six year history. After the final, he and his opponent were joined on court by former Wimbledon doubles winners Arnaud Clément (left) and Michaël Llodra for a few very entertaining exhibition tie-breaks.
    The week had begun with the Longines Academy, a two day training camp on clay, followed by the official draw ceremony. The field was composed of the top players from Australia, China, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK and USA.

    Jack was drawn against Hoi Man Kevin Wong (Hong Kong), whom he defeated 4-1 4-1 in the first round. He then defeated Jameson Ryan Corsillo (USA) 3-5 4-2 [7-5] in the Quarter Final and Arthur Cazaux (France) 4-1 0-4 [7-3] in the Semi Final.
    In the final, Xiaofei Wang (China) proved a formidable opponent and was too strong for Jack on the day. Xiaofei won all the "no-ad" deuce points in the match, and in the end Jack was well beaten 0-4 0-4.

    Longines, the main sponsors of the French Open, must be thanked for bringing these top players together and creating a magical week for all of them. It was concluded with lunch at Roland Garros followed by the opportunity to watch Richard Gasquet defeat Kevin Anderson on Court Philippe Chatrier, and then a dinner cruise on the River Seine.
    As one would expect from a high end watch manufacturer, the entire week was organised with style and clockwork precision.
    More Information:
    Official Longines Future Aces News
    Photo Gallery on Official Roland Garros Site
    Forbes Article
    Sportsvibe Article
    Thursday 28th May 2015 -
    For the sixth consecutive day, not one but two TA players pick up tournament wins! Srdan Pejic (right) prevailed at the Grade 3 Chesham Bois Open tournament, defeating Luke Quaynor in the final of the Boys 16 & Under event. The winning scoreline was 6-4 4-6 [10-6]. Meanwhile at the Harlow Spring

    Junior Open, Jake Evans clinched the 10 & Under Boys event with a convincing 4-1 4-0 win over Patrick Mclean-Tattan in the final.

    Wednesday 27th May 2015 -
    Proving that hard work does pay off, Miles Speer is rewarded for an exemplary block of training with victory at the Grade 4 Lensbury Open tournament. He defeated Tyler Yanagida 7-6(3) 6-1 in the final of the Boys 12 & Under event.
    Tuesday 26th May 2015 -
    At the Grade 3 Harpenden Junior Open tournament Jaquelyn Ogunwale continues her charge at 12 & Under level by winning the Girls event here. She defeated Charlotte Laing 6-0 6-4 in the final and will look forward to more successes in this age group before the summer is out.


    Monday 25th May 2015 -
    At the Grade 4 Henmans Freeth Half Term tournament in Woodstock, Natalya Ogunwale (left) notches up another victory two age groups above (in the 16 & Under Girls event). She defeated Astrid Williams
    6-3 6-1 in the final. At the same time Jake Evans (right) won comfortably at the Grade 4 Portsmouth Tennis Centre Junior Open, rounding off with a 4-0 victory over Joel Shepperd.
    Sunday 24th May 2015 -
    Alexandra McDonald wins the Grade 2 Herts Summer National Tour 10 & Under Girls event at Queenswood School.
    Having won her first few matches comfortably, she then had to show some real mettle and resilience from the quarter final onwards, and eventually defeated Eva Shaw 4-2 1-4 [10-5] in the final. To get a measure of this achievement it is worth noting that every single top 16 player in the national leaderboard was present barring one: fellow TA player Jaquelyn Ogunwale who stands at No.1 but will now be leap-frogged by Alexandra.
    In the past twelve months there have been ten national Grade 2 tournaments in Great Britain for Girls 10 & Under. Three TA girls (Alexandra, Jaquelyn and Leah Gonzales-Edwards) have won SIX between them and been runner-up in two. Aside from this trio, two other players (one boy and one girl 12 & Under) have won numerous Grade 2 and/or Tennis Europe titles in the same period. All these players attend the same Tennis & Education programme. We are fairly sure that there must be some unprecedented achievements in the midst of these statistics; they are certainly exceptional in any case.
    Saturday 23rd May 2015 -
    Jack Pinnington Jones wins both the singles and doubles titles at the Daimon Cup in Bucharest (Romania). He has now reached the singles final in all four 12 & Under Tennis Europe tournaments he has played in 2015, and this is his second win. He also now has two doubles wins to his name. Jack is proving that he is at home on clay courts as well as on hard courts and his successes have been split equally between the surfaces.
    In the Singles final here Jack defeated Romanian No.1 Vlad Breazu 6-1 6-2. He teamed up with the same player in winning the doubles event, defeating Rares Bordei [ROM] and Mihnea Petru Zaharia [ROM] 6-2 6-2 in the final.

    Sunday 17th May 2015 -
    Natalya Ogunwale skips two age groups to compete in the 16 & Under event at the Grade 4 Slazenger Challenge tournament @ The Drive TC in Edgware - and still manages to win. She did not have to work too hard in the final however as she received a walkover from Emilia Kalff.
    Tuesday 5th May 2015 -
    Having struggled with injuries for much of the past year, Kieran Macarty makes a rare tournament appearance at the Grade 4 Magdalen Park Senior Open. He duly lived up to his billing as the No.1 seed and defeated second seed Marco Mazzenga in the final 6-3 2-6 6-4. Kieran will now be hoping his injuries finally clear up and enable him to compete regularly on the Futures circuit.
    Saturday 2nd May 2015 -
    Two of our 12 & Under players have achieved some great results in Tennis Europe tournaments this week. Firstly Jack Pinnington Jones (left) reached both the singles and doubles finals at the Vilas Cup in Mallorca, Spain. In the singles he lost out to Carlos Alcaraz Garfia of Spain, 5-7 2-6. However he did win the doubles, teaming up with

    GBR partner Derrick Chen (right) to defeat Kilian Bensoussan [FRA] and Gerard Campana [ESP] 6-0 6-2 in the final. Meanwhile at the Top 10-12 Bressuire tournament in France Natalya Ogunwale won four matches to reach the singles semi final stage before losing to French player Anaelle Leclerq 1-6 6-7(0).

    Friday 18th April 2015 -
    Jake Evans keeps on winning with another tight finish at the 10 & Under Grade 4 County Tour tournament scheduled for Brunel University Tennis Club (though actually played at Acton Playing Fields). Jake defeated top seed Toby Blackwell in the final 4-1 2-4 [14-12], his second epic tie-break victory in successive weeks.
    Tuesday 14th April 2015 -
    Another player starting to play up an age group is Jaquelyn Ogunwale. She won the Girls 12 & Under event at the Grade 4 Letchworth Junior Easter Open, winning all of her matches comfortably and defeating Catherine Hodge in the final, 4-1 4-2.
    At the same time Leah Gonzales-Edwards was competing in the 14 & Under event at the Bishops Park Grade 4 Junior Tournament, and she kept up her winning momentum with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Rachel Cranley in the final.

    Saturday 11th April 2015 -
    Leah Gonzales-Edwards makes it two Grade 3 tournament titles in successive weeks at the Westside Junior Classic. Leah is continuing to win despite moving up an age group, defeating Lara Bakhaya 6-2 6-1 in the 12 & Under event here.
    Friday 10th April 2015 -
    While he is still technically an Orange ball player, Jake Evans remains unbeaten in Green ball (10 & Under) competition after two back-to-back Grade 3 tournament wins. At the Paddington Junior Open he won by the narrowest of margins, defeating Fabio Nestola in the final 5-4(6) 1-4 [15-13].

    Monday 6th April 2015 -
    Jaquelyn Ogunwale maintains her current dominance of the Girls 10 & Under age group with her second national Grade 2 title in a matter of days. In the Notts Junior Open Supported by Porsche, she won all her matches in straight sets, defeating Justice Hall in the final 5-4(3) 4-0. Jaquelyn will now be hoping to consolidate her position over the summer while making a successful transition to the 12 & Under category.
    Saturday 4th April 2015 -
    Jaquelyn Ogunwale (right) wins the 10 & Under Girls event at the Sutton Tennis Academy Easter Grade 2 Tournament. Having narrowly defeated Alexandra McDonald (who ended up finishing 3rd) in an all-TA semi final, Jaquelyn won her final against Romana Bari 4-2 4-2 to make it a double celebration for her family. Earlier in the week, a succession of excellent results for her sister Natalya Ogunwale (below) had culminated with her winning the 12 & Under Girls event.
    It was a first national-level title for Natalya. She won all of her matches in straight sets, but the score in the final against Tiana Fox does not reveal the full story: she had to claw herself back from 2-5 down in the first set and 0-4 down in the second set to win 7-5 6-4.
    A remarkable statistic is that Natalya becomes the FOURTH different TA winner of a national Grade 2 tournament in less than 5 months!
    Thursday 2nd April 2015 -
    Having waited eagerly to become age-eligible for Green ball tournaments in this country, Jake Evans wins the very first one he competes in. He was victorious in the 10 & Under event at the Grade 3 Finchley Manor Junior Open tournament, defeating Sean Neveling in the final 5-3 4-2. It was not without a scare however as he found himself 1-3 0-40 (and three set points down) in the first set before recovering to win.

    Wednesday 1st April 2015 -
    Leah Gonzales-Edwards moves up officially to the 12 & Under age group and immediately notches up a Grade 3 win at the Redbridge Easter Tournament. Leah won all her matches comfortably in straight sets, and in the final she defeated Tatiana Mouzykantskii 6-2 6-2.
    Tuesday 31st March 2015 -
    Huge congratulations to Jaquelyn Ogunwale for ending the season as the No.1 player in the Girls 10 & Under National Leaderboard in Great Britain! It is an especially impressive achievement bearing in mind that she still has one season remaining in the age group.
    Sunday 22nd March 2015 -
    Having been runner up this year at the Lemon Bowl in Rome, the HEAD Winter Cups (with GBR) and then at Auray, Jack Pinnington Jones deservedly wins his first international tournament: the Tennis Europe Boys 12 & Under OTI Junior Cup in Antalya, Turkey. Jack overcame a couple of scares on his way to the final, and the final itself was no different. Against Italian No.1 Giorgio Tabacco, Jack survived a torrid second set reverse to eventually win 6-4 2-6 6-2. Antalya is a
    happy hunting ground for TA players, having had one previous winner (Mandi Furaji) and a semi-finalist (Roberto Preka).
    Sunday 15th March 2015 -
    A richly deserved tournament win today for Furqan Lawal. In the Grade 4 Bush Hill Park 12 & Under Boys tournament Furqan played some great tennis to reach his first final, including defeating the top seed along the way. In the final itself he received a big slice of fortune as his opponent had to retire at 1-0 Furqan.


    Sunday 8th March 2015 -
    Leah Gonzales-Edwards (right) narrowly misses out on winning the Girls 10 & Under Grade 1 Nike Invitational Winter National Tour Finals. She succumbed to an inspired Matilda Mutavdzic who defeated her in the final by the narrowest of margins: 0-4 4-2 [9-11]. Meanwhile Jaquelyn Ogunwale (left) won the consolation final by an even finer margin!
    Jaquelyn defeated Catherine Hodge 0-4 4-1 [17-15].
    Sunday 22nd February 2015 -
    In what has already been a highly successful few months for Jack Pinnington Jones, he delivers his greatest achievement yet: reaching the final of the Open Super 12 Auray (Tennis Europe) tournament in France. This is not just a regular Tennis Europe tournament but one with iconic status. Celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year, Auray is in fact one of the marquee junior tournaments in the world.
    Its rich history is graced with players such as Nadal, Murray, Tsonga, Monfils, Gasquet, Henin, Clijsters, Mauresmo and many other top players who competed there as juniors (many of whom did not get as far as the final). The tournament is generally attended by the top two players in each country. The No.1 players of both France and Spain were in the same half of the draw as Jack, as was arguably the pre-tournament favourite: the No.1 player of Denmark who beat GB to the Winter Cup last week.
    Although Jack did not end up having to face them, he did have to face the Serbian No.1 Hamad Medjedovic in the third round, whom he defeated 4-6 6-4 7-5 (video); in the quarter finals he defeated Belgian No.2 Pierre Yves Bailly 7-6(4) 6-4 (video) ; and in the semi-finals he overcame the stubborn resistance of Portugal No.1 Eduardo Morais 4-6 6-4 7-6(2) who after defeat demonstrated remarkable class and sportsmanship.
    The final proved a step too far for Jack after all his exertions in the week and he succumbed 6-1 6-3 to the Russian No.1 Aristarkh Safonov (video).
    Click here for the completed draw and results.
    Saturday 21st February 2015 -
    Alexandra McDonald continues to notch up Grade 3 tournament wins. At the Bromley Tennis Centre Spring Tournament, she overcame a couple of tough three set matches before finally emerging victorious. In the final she defeated Daisy Carpenter 4-5(4) 4-1 [10-7].

    Meanwhile at the Grade 4 Wilton Open Tournament there were wins for Kelly Bone (left), Miles Speer (centre) and Haruki Omori-Cowie (right). Kelly picked up her maiden tournament title in the 12 & Under Girls event, defeating Mona Alizadeh 6-1 7-5 in the final. Miles won the 10 & Under Boys event with a 4-1 4-1 victory over Milan Sevic. Haruki won the 12 & Under
    Boys event with a 6-1 6-0 victory over Tarique Tonge-Bobia. Haruki also was the defeated finalist in the 14 & Under event, despite a valiant effort.
    Sunday 15th February 2015 -
    After a second placed finish and a third placed finish in previous 10 & Under Grade 2 events this winter, Jaquelyn Ogunwale goes all the way and wins one: the Girls Winter National Tour event at Gosling Sports Park. She did so in emphatic fashion without dropping a single set - and she will now find herself top of the national leaderboard. In the final here she defeated Sofia Johnson by the convincing scoreline of 4-0 4-1. Jaquelyn still has one more season to go in this age group, so there is a lot more to come from her!

    Sunday 15th February 2015 -
    Veska (Czech Republic): The Great Britain boys team reach the final of the the 12&U Tennis Europe Winter Cup by HEAD. Bearing in mind that this event pits the very best players in Europe against each other, this is a highly significant and impressive achievement. In the quarter final against Switzerland TA player Jack Pinnington Jones (centre right) defeated Sacha Ouzilou 6-4 7-6(3) and also combined with Derrick Chen to win the doubles for a convincing 3-0 team victory. In the semi final they had to
    face a strong French team. Again Jack won his singles in straight sets, defeating Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard 7-5 6-3. With Derrick also winning his singles match, the team held an unassailable 2-0 lead. They therefore conceded the doubles rubber after three games in order to preserve energy for the final against Denmark - the same team that defeated them in the final of their qualification group. When Jack played the same Danish opponent previously he lost in three sets after a 2 hour 15 minute match, but on this occasion he lost in straight sets. Derrick also lost his singles match and Denmark were crowned champions. The other teams in the draw were Czech Republic, Russia, Poland and Italy.
    Click here for the completed draw and results.
    Sunday 1st February 2015 -
    Istanbul (Turkey): Congratulations to the Great Britain boys team who have qualified for the finals of the 12&U Tennis Europe Winter Cup by HEAD. The finals are going to be held in the Czech Republic in two weeks time.

    TA player Jack Pinnington Jones (right), playing No.2 for the team, won all his singles and doubles matches against hosts Turkey first and then Ukraine to ensure qualificaton. In the final to decide first and second place, the team lost 1-2 to Denmark with GBR losing both singles matches (Jack losing in three sets). However it was still a great achievement to qualify from a tough qualification draw that also included Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece.
    Click here for the completed draw and results

    Sunday 18th January 2015 -
    Jack Pinnington Jones returns from representing Great Britain in a friendly international versus France. Jack is the second TA player to represent the country in two months, winning one of his three singles matches. It was good preparation for the Tennis Europe Winter Cup by HEAD - qualifiers next week in Turkey - in which Jack will again be representing the country.
    Tuesday 6th January 2015 -
    The 2015 Lemon Bowl International tournament in Rome draws to a conclusion. TA were represented on finals day by Jack Pinnington Jones in the Boys 12 & Under final.
    Having reached the final in typically rollercoaster fashion he found himself 1-6 2-5 down against an extremely good Italian player named Luca Nardi. Jack then threatened to turn the match on its head (as he had done in an earlier round by saving three consecutive match points before winning). This time he recovered to 4-5 30-0 but was unable to win this crucial last game, eventually going down 1-6 4-6. Jack nevertheless managed to come home with a very big cup filled with - lemons! A number of TA players who expected to do well here were undone by tricky draws, most notably Natalya Ogunwale who was drawn in the first round of the 12 & Under Girls event against the Italian champion and No.2 seed Matilde Paoletti - and Natalya lost despite holding four match points! The tournament proved a great experience for a number of our youngest players who had not played many tournaments previously. They showed a glimpse of how strong the next generation of TA players are going to be, and they also displayed superb camaraderie in supporting each other. We were also delighted to have a couple of our currently foreign-based players join up with the rest of the group for this trip.

    Sunday 4th January 2015 -
    Having won his first Grade 4 tournament a few days ago Miles Speer wins another equivalent tournament - in Australia! The 11 & Under Boys tournament, held at the Vince Barclay Tennis Academy in Sydney, was held to a round-robin format with matches being played to ten games. Miles won each of his four matches comfortably, his closest challenger being Jethro Hieswanto whom he defeated 7-3.
    Tuesday 30th December 2014 -
    There is yet another Grade 3 win for one of our formidable contingent of 10 & Under girls! This time it was Alexandra McDonald who did not drop a set on her way to winning the Westway Christmas Indoor Tournament. In the final she defeated Nina Sherwen 4-2 4-1.

    Meanwhile at the Grade 4 Bromley Tennis Centre Christmas tournament Miles Speer won the 10 & Under Boys event - his first tournament win at this level. After a close match in the first round, Miles became more and more comfortable as the tournament progressed, and won the final against Flynn Bolton 4-1 4-1. We fully expect this to be the first of many successes for Miles!
    Tuesday 23rd December 2014 -
    Having come very close to winning national tournaments on numerous occasions, Jack Pinnington Jones finally goes the whole way in the Boys 12 & Under event at Nottingham Tennis Centre. From the very first round onwards, Jack had to battle hard and dig deep, displaying his full repertoire of fighting spirit and resilience, especially when he was not able to play his best tennis. Jack also had
    to deal with the added pressure and expectation of being the No.1 seed in a national tournament for the first time. He passed all tests thrown at him, and by the end was playing some very good tennis. In the final he defeated Connor Ferguson 6-4 6-2, recovering from 1-4 down in the first set to claim the victory.

    Monday 22nd December 2014 -
    Jaquelyn Ogunwale wins the Girls 10 & Under event at the Grade 3 tournament rather fabulously named: inspiring community tennis Christmas Open @University of Warwick. Jaquelyn won all her matches in straight sets, including the final against Eva Shaw, which she won 4-2 4-2.
    Saturday 20th December 2014 -
    As usual, the fourth annual TA Academy awards event (which this year doubled up as our Christmas party) proves to be very popular and well attended. As is TA tradition, the players brought in their 2014 prize haul to display on the "Trophy Table", which was very impressive despite the fact that a few players forgot to bring in their prizes! Special kudos therefore to Jack Pinnington Jones for being thoughtful and respectful enough to ensure that his considerable collection of prizes were there for the table despite being unable to attend himself. Indeed Jack is in the running to win the TA Champions Cup, awarded to the player with the most tournaments wins in the year, for the second year in succession. However the winner has still not been decided as there are two other players vying for the honour, with each of them competing again before the New Year. UPDATE: Jack is confirmed as the TA Champions Cup winner, with 12 tournament victories in 2014, despite a late charge by Alexandra McDonald.

    Other awards presented on the day were as follows:
    Most Improved Player Of the Year: Tara Amin. Even though Tara has not yet competed at the highest levels, if she continues improving as she has done this year then it is only a matter of time before she takes her place alongside those players who win tournaments and titles on a regular basis.
    Coaches Player of the Year: Ben McManus. This was a particularly difficult decision to make bearing in mind the impressive results and achievements of a number of players this year. In the end however what really caught our eye was one player who simply decided he was going to change his entire attitude to training and tennis - and duly did so (literally overnight) and has not looked back since. From being someone who often needed reminding about his standards, Ben has transformed himself into a great example for others to follow.
    Players Player of the Year: Leah Gonzales-Edwards. A remarkable year of achievement for Leah, reaching three Grade 2 finals (winning two of them) and then being selected to represent Great Britain, has been recognised by her peers with this well deserved award.
    Greatest Contributor: Vaishali Jorge. No surprises with this award, Vaishali can always be relied upon to help with functions of the academy that may seem to go un-noticed. From simple things like keeping the place clean and tidy, to responsible things like helping to keep the younger players organised.
    Thursday 18th December 2014 -
    Our 10 & Under girls continue to look very formidable, with a dominant display at the Grade 3 Aneel Sports Junior Xmas Tournament. Jaquelyn Ogunwale (left) and Alexandra McDonald both reached the final, dropping just nine games between them in the entire tournament (six matches in total). In the final itself, there was not

    much between the players but Jaquelyn was just a little too strong for Alexandra on the day, winning 4-2 5-4(3).

    A couple of days earlier, Jack Pinnington Jones came through some difficult tests along the way to clinch the Boys 12 & Under title. The biggest test of all was in the final against Johnathon Price, a boy who Jack had never previously beaten in numerous attempts. After a close struggle in this one, Jack eventually prevailed 6-4 6-7(5) [10-8].

    Tuesday 9th December 2014 -
    Leah Gonzales-Edwards equips herself well on the international stage, having been selected to represent Great Britain for the first time. In the 10 & Under GB v France friendly international at the NTC, Leah had four very close matches against the French girls. Although she ended up losing three of her matches, the one she did win was against their No.1 player. The international matches followed hot on the heels of Leah reaching her third 10 & Under Grade 2 final in a row, although unfortunately on this occasion she lost in the match tie-break to Isabelle Purser.
    Sunday 10th November 2014 -
    In providing BOTH finalists of a national Grade 2 tournament, TA achieve another milestone! The 10 & Under Girls final at Easton College Norwich was contested by Leah Gonzales-Edwards (left) and Jaquelyn Ogunwale, and indeed we were represented by THREE players in total at this event. They are all friends, class-mates (in our Tennis & Education programme) and training partners. The final itself was a tense affair to begin with
    before Jaquelyn broke out into a set and 2-0 lead with some excellent tennis. Leah however remained calm, waited for her opportunity and powered her way back to win the title on a match tie-break. The final score was 3-5 4-2 [10-4] to Leah, who picked up her second Grade 2 title in succession. Huge congratulations to both girls, they have made us proud!
    Sunday 2nd November 2014 -
    Alexandra McDonald wins her second tournament in two days - BOTH against opponents who have previously won Grade 2 titles! This time the opponent was Ranah Akua Stoiber in the 10 & Under Grade 4 Winter County Tour event at Dukes Meadows, and Alexandra triumphed 4-2 5-4(4).


    Saturday 1st November 2014 -
    There are victories for three TA players at the Grade 3 Totteridge Junior Open tournament. First to win was Alexandra McDonald (left) in the Girls 10 & Under event; producing an outstanding and
    determined performance to defeat Roksolana Werbowy 3-5 4-1 [10-8]. Not only did she come back strongly from a set down but also recovered from a big deficit in the match tie-break. Another player still eligible to compete in the 10 & Under age group is Leah Gonzales-Edwards (centre), but she opted to compete in the 12 & Under event here instead. She defeated Isabella Shirley 6-0 7-6(5) in the final to make it two tournament wins out of two played in the older age group. In the Boys 14 & Under event Srdan Pejic (right), emerged from a difficult draw on paper to claim his maiden Grade 3 title. In the final he defeated Luke Quaynor 6-1 6-4.
    Sunday 19th October 2014 -
    At the 10 & Under Grade 3 Winter Regional Tour tournament in Corby, Jaquelyn Ogunwale eases to the title without dropping more than two games in any set. She maintained a good performance level throughout the tournament, and in the final defeated Daniela Kotara 4-0 4-2.

    Meanwhile at the 12 & Under Grade 4 Winter County Tour Lee Valley tounament, Leah Gonzales-Edwards competed in her first ever yellow ball tournament - and won. In the final she faced top seed Tania Freire Gavilanes and produced a good performance to win comfortably 4-0 4-1.
    Sunday 12th October 2014 -
    Natalya Ogunwale justifies her No.1 seeding at the 12 & Under Grade 3 Winter Regional Tour tournament at Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre, although she did not have it all her own way. In the final against Mineli Cooray she needed to show good character and fighting spirit to prevail 6-4 3-6 [10-8].


    Saturday 4th October 2014 -
    As the top seed in the 10 & Under Grade 4 Winter County Tour tournament at Virgin Active Surrey Health & Racquets Club, Alexandra McDonald stamps her authority by losing just one game in the entire tournament. She defeated second seed Lilac Jervis 4-0 in the final, and is now proving herself to be a genuine top national standard player.
    Sunday 21st September 2014 -
    Jack Pinnington Jones keeps his trophy count for the year ticking over nicely with a fairly comfortable victory at the 14 & Under Grade 4 Winter County Tour tournament in Deal (Kent), winning all of his matches in straight sets. In the final Jack defeated Oliver Richards 4-1 5-3. Still only 11 years old and ranked No.4 in the country 12 & Under, his primary objective over the coming months is to push for the No.1 spot in his own age group, a realistic prospect.


    Sunday 14th September 2014 -
    Having notched up a number of highly impressive wins along the way, Bradley Stoneham wins the Grade 3 Sutton Mens Open September SuperSeries tournament. In the final he defeated James Oni 6-3 7-5. Bradley has clearly stepped up a couple of gears in recent weeks, which is not surprising given the sheer will and determination he shows towards his tennis.
    Saturday 30th August 2014 -
    Mandi Furaji ends a highly successful month by becoming the 14 & Under Girls Middlesex County champion, winning her SIXTH Grade 3 tournament of August. In the final here she defeated Destinee Martins 6-2 7-6(5), and Mandi was also the losing finalist in the Girls 16 & Under event.

    In the Bedfordshire County Closed, Natalya Ogunwale (right) clinched the Girls 12 & Under title by defeating Maddie Axford 6-1 6-1 in the final. Not to be out-done her sister Jaquelyn Ogunwale was the winner of the Mixed 10 & Under tournament by winning every match of a "round robin" box league.
    Friday 22nd August 2014 -
    Jaquelyn Ogunwale wins her third 10 & Under Grade 3 tournament of the summer (from four finals) at the Leverstock Green Open tournament, despite still being an orange ball player and the youngest competitor in each tournament. She defeated Lillie Warren-Cafferty 4-0 4-0 in the final here.

    Thursday 21st August 2014 -
    On a big day for Mandi Furaji and Vaishali Jorge, their GCSE results are in and they have passed with flying colours: Mandi has added A* grades in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and French (at the age of 13) to her A* in Maths last year. Vaishali has added an A* in French to her A in Maths last year. Congratulations to both!

    Having discovered her flawless GCSE grades it was time for Mandi to switch her attention back to the immediate objective of winning her FIFTH Grade 3 tournament in 12 days. She duly went on to defeat Natalie Flinn 7-5 6-3 in the Girls 14 & Under final of the Virgin Active Wearside Summer Open to round off a fabulous day. She can now look back at all the pain and hard work she put in with the satisfaction of knowing it has all paid off.
    Back at the Grade 3 Hull Open it was finals day for the 16 & Under players. Having lost in a final two days ago, Katie Morris was hoping to go one step further this time. She did so comfortably by defeating Lauren Dowling 6-3 6-0 in the girls final to pick up one of the most stunning cups we have ever seen in junior tennis!

    Wednesday 20th August 2014 -
    At the Aneel Sports Summer Tournament held at David Lloyd Heston, Natalya Ogunwale wins her second 12 & Under Grade 3 tournament, having reached no less than four singles finals this summer so far, and winning one doubles event. In the final here she defeated Olivia Rook 6-2 6-1 to win what looks like a replica of the football World Cup!
    Sunday 17th August 2014 -
    Mandi Furaji continues her tour of the North East with victory in the Girls 14 & Under event at the Hull Open. She defeated top seed Aisha Brown 7-5 6-1 in the final, and Mandi has now won four straight Grade 3 tournaments in eight days! She will be hoping to add one more tournament victory before returning home.


    Saturday 16th August 2014 -
    To remind us that we have yet another player with a winning habit, Alexandra McDonald emphatically takes the 10 & Under Girls title at the Grade 3 Esher Open. She defeated Chloe To 4-0 4-0 in the final, and in fact dropped only three games in SIX matches!
    At about the same time, Natalya Ogunwale was aiming to win her first Grade 3 tournament at 12 & Under level, at the Radlett Open. Natalya duly justified her No.1 seeding by defeating second seed Mineli Cooray 6-3 7-5 in the final, and will now be looking to add to her tally of tournament wins before the season is out.

    Thursday 14th August 2014 -
    Mandi Furaji keeps her momentum rolling on with success in the Girls 14 & Under event at the Grade 3 Grantham Open Championships. In the final, after surviving the scare of dropping the first set, she bounced back strongly to defeat Vianne Palffy 6-7(5) 6-3 [10-5].
    Another player with momentum is Jack Pinnington Jones. At the Grade 3 Swansea Tennis Junior Championships he defeated Harrison Birch 6-1 6-4 in the Boys 12 & Under final, then teamed up with his opponent to win the Boys 14 & Under Doubles, joining a certain Mr. Andy Murray in winning both cups and having his name engraved on them!

    Wednesday 13th August 2014 -
    Jaquelyn Ogunwale picks up another Grade three title at the Gerrards Cross LTC Junior Open tournament. She defeated Sofia Lejonvarn 4-2 4-0 in the Girls 10 & Under final to make it two inside a week for her.
    Tuesday 12th August 2014 -
    At the Grade 3 Goole Summer Open, Kieran Macarty (left) and Mandi Furaji are crowned as winners of their respective events. Kieran defeated William Spencer 6-2 6-4 in the Boys 18 & Under final, and Mandi defeated Grace Emma Eland 6-3 6-0 in the Girls 14 & Under final.


    Saturday 9th August 2014 -
    Mandi Furaji (far left) wins the 14 & Under Girls event at the Grade 3 Ellesse Chandos Junior Open by defeating Phoebe Collins 7-6(3) 6-4 in the final. For the long-term benefit of her tennis, 13 year old Mandi is trying to achieve the incredible feat of
    completing her GCSE and A Levels 3-4 years early! She is thus in the middle of a two year period of intense studies and exams, and tennis has temporarily taken a secondary role for her, but the summer break has given Mandi the opportunity to play more. The 10 & Under Girls event at Chandos was won by Jaquelyn Ogunwale (top right), who defeated Alina Ali 4-0 4-0 in the final.
    Jaquelyn has trained with us on an occasional (ad hoc) basis until now, but in September she will be joining our full-time programme of tennis & education. Across the other side of London, at the Grade 4 Wigmore Open tournament, Ciata De-Souza (right) won another tournament by claiming the 16 & Under Girls title, defeating Elle Vietz 6-3 6-2 in the final.

    Thursday 7th August 2014 -
    Jack Pinnington Jones wins his third 14 & Under Grade 4 title in quick succession. This time it is at the Advantage RedCourt Canterbury Clay Junior Open, albeit after a bit of a see-saw battle in the final with Alexander Sultan De Sousa, eventually prevailing 4-1 1-4 [10-7].
    Tuesday 5th August 2014 -
    At the Grade 4 Bexley Ian Wright Open, Jack Pinnington Jones wins his second successive Boys 14 & Under title. Facing him in the final this time was Kurtas Martinas Joksas, but Jack maintained his winning form with a 6-2 6-0 victory.

    Monday 4th August 2014 -
    Our annual clay court training camp and tournament trip to Prague (Czech Republic) proves very fruitful once again! The travelling party returned today with a tidy haul of trophies, medals and useful experience of playing in a foreign culture.
    First to win was the youngest, Dilhan Wasantha, (top left) who won the green ball tournament at TK Troja by defeating Czech player Mikoláš Nový 6-1 in the final. Next, Maceo Simpson (top centre) defeated fellow TA Player Haruki Omori-Cowie (bottom centre) in the final of the 12 & Under Boys tournament at TK Banik Praha. The two met again the following week in the final of the 12 & Under event at TJ Jiskra Zruč n.Sáz, but this time Haruki came out on top with a 6-3 6-3 victory. At the same venue, the Girls 12 & Under final was also an all-TA affair, with Natalya Ogunwale overcoming a storming first set from Kelly Bone to win 5-7 6-1 6-1. Finally, in the 14 & Under Girls event at Slavoj Ceský Brod, Kia Carvalho-Landell (far right) played extremely well in three out of four matches to thoroughly deserve winning the tournament. She defeated Czech player Patricie Kubíková 6-3 6-3 in the final. However in the quarter finals she benefitted from a huge slice of luck in her match against fellow TA player Aliya Henry, who sportingly retired at 6-2 5-1 match point up due to an injury which she knew would prevent her from taking any further part in the tournament - thus enabling Kia to continue.

    Wednesday 30th July 2014 -
    11 year old Jack Pinnington Jones ventures out into the older 14 & Under age group with success at The Grove (Chelmsford LTC) Junior Tournament, a Grade 4 event. In the final, he defeated Thomas Young 6-0 6-2 in comfortable fashion.
    Saturday 26th July 2014 -
    Alexandra McDonald maintains her unbeaten record this season in Grade 4 tournaments, at the 10 & Under one day tournament in David Lloyd Heston. She did so in empahatic fashion, playing six matches in total and not dropping a single game in the entire tournament. In the final she defeated Ruby Hart 4-0.


    Friday 25th July 2014 -
    At the Bishops Park Grade 4 Tournament sponsored by Savills Abigail Gundogan defeats Sophie Zoltowski 4-1 5-3 in the final of the 12 & Under Girls event. This is the second tournament victory in quick succession for Abigail, and will no doubt whet her appetite for more!
    Thursday 24th July 2014 -
    Having remained undefeated in 10 & Under
    Grade 4 tournaments this season, Alexandra McDonald steps up a gear and wins her very first Grade 3 tournament, the Wigmore Moor Park Open. In a battling final she defeated Anraj Mahil 5-3 1-4 [10-8], displaying her excellent match temperament. This will be the first of many wins at this level and above.

    Monday 21st July 2014 -
    Having been a consistent performer at national level over the past year or so, Leah Gonzales-Edwards goes all the way to land the 10 & Under Girls title at the TeamBath CoMpete Open Tennis Festival - her first ever Grade 2 tournament victory! In the final she defeated Oriana Parkins-Godwin for the second time in two months, only this time in straight sets 4-1 5-3. Indeed, Leah was only taken to three sets in one of her six matches, winning all her other matches comfortably.
    Saturday 19th July 2014 -
    Finals Day at the first annual Tennis Avenue Academy Championships proves to be a great success! A very large crowd of family and friends attended the event and they were treated to some excellent and highly competitive tennis. The day was completed by a barbecue and a fun tie-break tournament open to all (including said family & friends!). There was an important cause underlying the event: fundraising for one of our young players who has just been diagnosed with a brain tumour. A web page will be set up shortly for making online contributions to a "fighting fund", so that we can all help him defeat this particularly nasty opponent. A special word of thanks to singer Stacey Solomon who supported the cause and made the day extra special for him simply by being there: a true star. We hope that when any of our players also become big stars, they will prove to be equally humble, big-hearted - and make a difference where they can.

    Every final played on the day was fiercely contested, and all finalists rose to the occasion. At the end of it all the following players prevailed to become the TA champions of 2014 - from left to right: Jack Pinnington Jones (Boys 14 & Under), Sahej Maker (Boys 18 & Under), Jake Evans (Boys 10 & Under), Vaishali Jorge (Girls 18 & Under), Leah Gonzales-Edwards (Girls 10 & Under), and Mandi Furaji (Girls 14 & Under).

    For Jack, this proved to be a trophy-laden day. Not only did he win his main singles event, but he also won the Family Ties Doubles tie-break tournament with mum Sian, and was runner-up to Steven Zahui in Family Ties Singles. All of this after picking up the the 12 & Under Boys title at the Grade 3 Dukes Meadows London Tennis Championships (left) earlier in the day, where he defeated Louis Quaynor 6-2 6-0 in the final.
    It did not end there however for the Pinnington Jones family, because 4 year old Seren also got in on the act, winning one of three jars of sweets by guessing closest to the numbers of sweets in the jar.
    The other two winners being Priyanka Jorge and Quincy Simpson. Congratulations to all winners on the day!
    Wednesday 16th July 2014 -
    At the Limpsfield Junior Open Abigail Gundogan picks up her very first Grade 4 tournament victory. After a nervous start in the 12 & Under Girls final, Abigail recovered well to record a 0-6 6-2 [10-8] victory over Theodora Enslin.

    Saturday 5th July 2014 -
    A team of Tennis Avenue players return from a very productive trip representing Great Britain at the World Finals of the OUATT Kids Cup in La Baule (France).

    OUATT is the largest international junior tennis competition in the world, with qualification events held in many countries. Uniquely, there are events for each year of birth from 9 & Under through to 16 & Under. The national winners in each age category compete at the World Finals.
    OUATT 2015 (next year) will be the first time that Britain will organise national qualification stages, but for this year Tennis Avenue were invited to form a team to represent the country. We took 12 players and they all did themselves extremely proud against top level opponents. Many countries had brought virtually their national teams: Bulgaria, Israel and Morocco for example.
    The country ending up with the most singles victories was Germany with 6, and in second place was Spain with 3. None of our players were seeded but three of them still managed to reach their respective singles finals. Unfortunately they all lost after epic three set battles but, had they won, then WE would have been the second placed nation instead of Spain! To get so close is still very impressive for a team from a single academy against the "rest of the world"!
    Our finalists were: Natalya Ogunwale in the Girls 11 & Under event, losing to second seed Sara Rhallab (Morocco) 7-6(5) 4-6 4-6; Sahej Maker in the Boys 15 & Under event, losing to top seed Mauricio Grijalva Escobar (Mexico) 4-6 6-0 6-7(5); and Vaishali Jorge in the Girls 16 & Under event,losing to top seed Blanca Puig (Spain) 6-7() 6-3 3-6. In the 16 & Under Boys doubles event Sahej and partner Bradley Stoneham reached the final but lost out again to Mexican opponents.

    Saturday 31st May 2014 -
    In-form Katie Morris wins the 16 & Under event at the Grade 4 GDT Caversham LTC Junior Open tournament. She defeated Kelsey Mosquera 6-3 3-6 [11-9] following a very tight encounter in the final.
    Friday 30th May 2014 -
    Leah Gonzales-Edwards continues her good recent form to pick up the Girls 10 & Under title at the Grade 3 Wimbledon Club Open Tournament. In a fluctuating final she defeated her Surrey county team-mate Oriana Parkins-Godwin 4-0 1-4 [10-6]. She has now propelled herself into the top 10 of the LTA Summer National Tour Leaderboard.

    Thursday 28th May 2014 -
    At the Grade 4 Lensbury Open there are victories for Ciata De Souza (left) and Alexandra McDonald in the Girls 16 & Under and

    10 & Under events respectively. Ciata battled on gamely in the final against Nadia Sabania after sustaining an injury and requiring a medical break. She eventually triumphed 6-1 2-6 6-3. Alexandra on the other hand was more comfortable in her match, and defeated Chloe To 4-0 4-2 in their final.
    Sunday 4th May 2014 -
    Srdan Pejic maintains his unbeaten record in
    14 & Under Grade 4 tournaments stretching back six months. He defeated Alexander Zuckerman 6-1 7-5 in the final of the Georgians Summer Series, and is surely not too far off winning his maiden Grade 3 tournament.


    Sunday 20th April 2014 -
    A third successive Grade 4 victory in a row for Alexandra McDonald over the Easter period! This time in the 10 & Under tournament at David Lloyd Heston, she faced Amelia Monteith in the final. The tournament was held to a single set format and Alexandra won the final 4-2.
    Thursday 17th April 2014 -
    Despite being unseeded, Jack Pinnington Jones picks up another Grade 3 title at the Chesterfield Easter Junior Open tournament. In the final he faced second seed Ben Stuchbury and emerged with a solid 6-1 6-4 victory. The prize was monetary rather than a trophy or cup, which Jack was not overly disappointed with!

    Meanwhile at the Grade 4 Sutton Mattocks Will To Win tournament, Kaine Dowden picked up his maiden tournament title in the 14 & Under boys event. He faced a familiar opponent in the final, fellow TA player Ben McManus. After a tussle that could have gone either way, Kaine prevailed to win 6-4 4-6 [10-6]. This victory is extremely well-deserved for the hard work and desire Kaine has put in to his tennis over recent years.
    Wednesday 16th April 2014 -
    Two of our girls pick up tournament victories today. Firstly Leah Gonzales-Edwards won the 10 & Under event at the Grade 3 Rickmanworth Open tournament. She defeated Jaquelyn Ogunwale (who is the younger sister of TA player Natalya) in the final by a 4-2 4-2 margin.

    Then at the Grade 4 Connaught Easter Open, Alexandra McDonald continued her impressive return to tournaments by notching up the 10 & Under title in impressive fashion. In the final she defeated Francesca Davis (who had won a Grade 2 orange ball event the previous week) by the scoreline of 4-1 0-4 [10-3].
    Saturday 12th April 2014 -
    TA is represented by three finalists at the Grade 3 Westside Junior Classic, but two in the same final! Kieran Macarty (left) and Roberto Preka were the last two standing in the 18 & Under boys event, and in the final Kieran played very well to defeat his younger colleague 6-3 6-2. At the same time Katie Morris (right) defeated Martha Williams in the final of the 18 & Under girls event by the score of 6-2 7-5 to win her very first Grade 3 title.

    As Kieran and Katie were on their way to their victories, news was filtering through from the Grade 3 Tunbridge Wells Easter Tournament sponsored by Savills, that Jack Pinnington Jones had won the 12 & Under boys event there. He defeated Adam Walker 4-6 6-1 [10-8] in the final, recovering from one set down and then holding his nerve in the crucial match tie-break.
    Wednesday 9th April 2014 -
    At the Grade 4 Clay Tennis Registry Millennium Challenge in Sutton, Teta Dieudonné justifies her No.1 seeding in the 18 & Under event by not dropping a set in any of her matches. In the final she defeated Sarah Jackson 6-3 6-2 to add to her tally of tournament wins already this year.
    Tuesday 8th April 2014 -
    In her first ever green ball event, and while still technically an orange ball player, Alexandra McDonald is victorious in the 10 & Under Grade 4 Will to Win Regents Park tournament. She defeated Sasha Rozanov 4-1 4-5(6) [10-4] in the final, and we strongly suspect that there may be many more victories to follow in the coming months and years for Alexandra!

    Sunday 30th March 2014 -
    Three TA victories at the Bush Hill Park Grade 4 tournament. Srdan Pejic (right) won the boys 14 & Under Event, defeating Nathan Fernandes 6-3 6-2, in the final. He has now won three tournaments in a row at this age group.
    Teta Dieudonné (left) won the girls 14 & Under event with a 6-2 6-1 victory in the final against Maia Madani Davies. As in her previous tournament at Wilton, she then lost in the final of the 16 & Under event to fellow TA player Katie Morris (centre), this time the score being 6-1 6-4.
    Sunday 23rd February 2014 -
    The latest edition of the 12 & Under Grade 4 David Lloyd Heston ClubTour sees Jack Pinnington Jones register a trademark comeback in the final to win the boys tournament. He eventually defeated Toby Rust 0-4 4-1 [10-6], using his improved tactical maturity to turn around a match that was fast heading away from him.

    Saturday 22nd February 2014 -
    TA Players sweep up the majority of junior titles on offer at the Grade 4 Wilton Open Tournament. For much of the week a clean sweep was a distinct possibility. In the end, on finals day, we were represented in seven out of ten junior age group finals - and won them all, with at least one winner in every age group!
    Winners from left to right: Leah Gonzales Edwards defeated Chloe To in the girls 10 & Under final 4-1 4-0. Steven Zahui defeated fellow TA player Srdan Pejic 4-6 6-4 [10-2] in the boys 16 & Under final. Srdan meanwhile secured the 14 & Under title with a comfortable 6-1 6-0 victory over Maximilian Gottschalk. Katie Morris won both the girls 18 & Under event by defeating Sarah Jackson 6-2 6-0 and the 16 & Under event by defeating fellow TA player Teta Dieudonné 7-6(5) 6-0. For her part Teta won the girls 14 & Under event by defeating Sofiya Mashanovich 6-4 6-3. Finally, Jools Freeman chipped in with the boys 12 & Under title, defeating Kofi Winney 6-4 6-3. Huge congratulations to all!
    Friday 21st February 2014 -
    Sahej Maker picks up the boys 14 & Under title at the Grade 3 Riverside Northwood Open. After many tough wins in two age groups, he eventually lost (in three sets) in the semi final of the 16 & Under age group to the eventual winner before returning to his own age group and defeating Demetri Smith 6-2 6-4 in the final.
    Thursday 20th February 2014 -
    A victory for perseverance and one of the most well deserved wins we have had in a long time: Christian Saraty wins the boys 18 & Under event at the Grade 4 Bradfield College Onhotels Junior Spring Open - emerging with a big trophy and a bigger a smile. Well done!
    Sunday 9th February 2014 -
    Leah Gonzales-Edwards wins another Grade 3 Winter Regional Tour 10 & Under tournament, this time at Virgin Active Surrey. In the final Leah defeated Lara Bakhaya 4-1 4-1, and qualifies for one more crack at a Grade 2 Green ball tournament - while still an Orange ball player.
    Sunday 2nd February 2014 -
    After Natalya Ogunwale picked up her first trophy of the year last week, Jack Pinnington Jones responds immediately by winning the 12 & Under Grade 4 Sussex County Tournament in Crawley. Jack defeated Callum McKitterick 4-1 4-1 in the final and his rivalry with Natalya continues!
    Saturday 25th January 2014 -
    Natalya Ogunwale wastes no time in notching up her first trophy of the new year. She wins another of the 12 & Under Grade 4 David Lloyd Heston ClubTour tournaments, this time beating Aisling McGrane 4-1 0-4 [10-4] in the final.
    Tuesday 31st December 2013 -
    On the last day of 2013 Srdan Pejic wins the 14 & Under event at the Grade 4 Sutton Tennis Academy Christmas Indoor Tournament. On his way to the final, Srdan defeated the top seed who he had previously lost to in the 16 & Under event. Srdan won 7-5 6-3 against Harrison Brown in the final.
    Saturday 28th December 2013 -
    Natalya Ogunwale wins the 12 & Under Grade 4 David Lloyd Heston ClubTour tournament, making it 11 tournaments won in 2013, thus equalling the trophy haul for the year of leader Jack Pinnington Jones. She now has one more opportunity to try and snatch the lead outright. UPDATE - Natalya puts up a valiant effort,
    recording some very impressive wins on her way to the final of the 12 & Under Grade 3 Virgin Active Brighton Winter Open tournament, but loses out in the final!
    Monday 23rd December 2013 -
    With the end of year fast approaching it is time for our third annual TA Academy awards event. Every year players bring in their haul of prizes won in the preceding year (winners prizes ONLY are allowed, no runner-up prizes!). The player with the most tournament victories in the year wins the biggest cup of them all, the TA Champions Cup, to keep at home for one year. In third place this year is Susanna Skarlosh with 6 tournament wins, but the drama is in a nail-biting battle for top spot. Jack Pinnington Jones is on 11 victories and Natalya Ogunwale on 10 BUT she has two more tournaments to play before the end of the year. The outcome is therefore still in the balance because if Natalya wins both then she would usurp Jack at the top. UPDATE - Natalya wins one and is the runner-up in the other of her two remaining tournaments, thereby matching the 11 won by Jack. To break the tie it comes down to who has won more higher grade tournaments, and Jack narrowly holds off Natalya by having won a single grade 3 tournament more!

    Other awards presented on the day were as follows:
    Most Improved Player Of the Year: Jack Pinnington Jones. From competing mostly in grade 3 and 4 tournaments at the beginning of the year, Jack ended up achieving one Grade 2 final and 3rd places in both a Grade 1 and a Grade 2. He also reached the quarter finals in three other grade 2 tournaments, a grade 1 doubles final, and won a grade 2 doubles with partner Ouyoung Dinapala. Jack has firmly established himself as one of the very best players in the country for his age.
    Coaches Player of the Year: Mandi Furaji. More than ever this year, Mandi has shown that she is a genuine "big occasion" player. She reached the semi final of a Tennis Europe tournament in Great Britain and then went all the way in Turkey, winning the tournament by overcoming a very strong international field. Also, she produced a stunning result academically: An A* in GCSE Maths at the age of 12, with one 100% paper - and she has already started studying for her A Level in the subject.
    Players Player of the Year: Sahej Maker. His peers have recognised the significant progress that Sahej has made this year, how he has worked very hard in training and how he has proved himself to be a formidable and exciting fighter in matches.
    Greatest Contributor: Kieran Macarty. For the second year running Kieran is recognised for the work he does around the academy, taking responsibility and helping to keep things running smoothly.
    Sunday 24th November 2013 -
    Leah Gonzales-Edwards wins the 10 & Under Grade 3 Winter Regional Tour girls event at Bromley Tennis Academy by defeating Kimi Khehra 5-3 4-2 in the final. Leah gained entry to the event by winning a linked Grade 4 tournament last week, entry for which required a wildcard. She has now justified it in the most emphatic manner!
    Sunday 17th November 2013 -
    Breakthrough international success for Mandi Furaji! She wins her very first Tennis Europe tournament, the GD Tennis Cup in Antalya (Turkey) for 12 & Under girls. It was no easy task: she had to win six matches in a full 64 draw containing no less than 20 Russian players, 7 from the Ukraine, and many others from Eastern European countries known for their strength in junior tennis. Then there was the home contingent of the best Turkish girls who are also now becoming a force in junior tennis.
    Within this context, Mandi reached the semi final stage without dropping a set, and was generally very comfortable. In the semi final she faced Ana Shanidze from Georgia, an experienced player at this level who provided a very stern test of her mettle. Mandi duly emerged with a 6-4 2-6 6-3 victory. In the final Mandi faced Vitalia Stamat from Moldova, another high calibre and experienced player who had totally dominated the other half of the draw and was full of confidence. Furthermore Mandi had to face her while guarding a minor hip injury sustained in the semi final. Despite this and under the pressure of her first Tennis Europe final, Mandi rose to play some imperious tennis to claim the title with a convincing 6-3 6-3 win. It is the kind of thing that champions do - huge congratulations to Mandi!
    Click here for the completed draw and results.
    Closer to home Leah Gonzales-Edwards was competing in the Grade 4 Surrey Winter County Tour 10 & Under tournament held at Sutton Tennis Academy. She produced some impressive performances to win the event with some ease and defeated Islay Thornicroft 4-1 4-0 in the final.
    Saturday 2nd November 2013 -
    Another three Grade 3 tournament winners for TA this week. They were all at the Totteridge Junior Open where Sahej Maker (centre) played some excellent tennis to win the boys 14 & Under event. He was joined by Luke Henley (left) and Bradley Stoneham (right) who won the Mens Open and 18 & Under boys events respectively.
    Sahej defeated top seed Oscar Glenister 6-3 6-0 in his final. Luke prevailed in a nervy final against Yannick Mckenzie-Wells 6-7(4) 6-1 [10-7], while Bradley finished off a great week with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Daniel Gajetic. It could have been even better for Bradley had he not been prevented from competing in his own age group (16 & Under) by the great storms of the week.
    Meanwhile at the Grade 4 Teddington Open tournament, there was victory for Chika Ike (left) in the 10 & Under girls event, where she did not drop a set all tournament. In the final she defeated Holly James 4-1 4-0 with a typically clinical and efficient performance.
    Wednesday 30th October 2013 -
    Jack Pinnington Jones continues seamlessly at 12 & Under level where he left off in the 10 & Under age group; by winning. His latest victory is in the Grade 4 Letchworth Junior Open, defeating Michael Catt 6-1 6-3 in the final.
    Tuesday 22nd October 2013 -
    Having been close on a number of occasions recently Natalya Ogunwale picks up a Grade 4 title in the 12 & Under event of the GSM Leisure Open held at Queniborough Tennis Club in Leicestershire. She defeated Phillipa Bourne 4-1 4-1 in the final for a well-deserved victory.
    Saturday 24th August 2013 -
    TA players excel at the Grade 3 Leicestershire Junior Open. Vaishali Jorge (center) claimed the 14 & Under girls title by winning all her matches in a box league, and then she added the 16 & Under title by defeating Ana Webber 6-3 6-3 in the final. Johan Ashley (left) claimed the 14 & Under boys title with a narrow victory over
    fellow TA player and arch rival Sahej Maker 6-7(4) 6-2 [10-8].
    Sahej however bounced back to win the 16 & Under final with victory over John Taylor 6-1 3-6 [10-8], recovering from a 1-6 deficit in the match tie-break. Meanwhile at the Grade 4 Bromley LTC Summer Tournament the girls 14 & Under event was held as a box league, and Ciata De-Souza emerged victorious by winning all the matches she played.
    Friday 23rd August 2013 -
    In his very last 10 & Under green ball tournament Jack Pinnington Jones produces a truly remarkable performance of which he can be very proud. In the semi finals of the Grade 1 Aegon Summer National Tour Finals he got himself to 4-1 3-2 up and held two consecutive match points against second seed Derrick Chen. Unfortunately Jack was unable to convert them and ended up losing on a match tie-break. He then overcame his disappointment to finish in third place overall by winning the play-off. Chen went on to win the final without dropping a game.
    Thursday 22nd August 2013 -
    We are pleased to announce the most important results of the year: the first ever final GCSE exam results by players who were the very first to trust us with their education. Four of the original intake completed their GCSE Maths, between two and four years early, and achieved the following results:
  • Teta Dieudonné (age 13): A*
  • Mandi Furaji (age 12): A*
  • Sahej Maker (age 13): A*
  • Vaishali Jorge (age 14): A
  • This was a year when exam boards had set tougher marking criteria and average grades had fallen. However Teta, Mandi and Sahej each achieved 100% in at least one of the papers, with Teta doing so in two. These are quite exceptional results, congratulations to all - and especially their teacher Tom.
    Wednesday 21st August 2013 -
    Eloise Saraty becomes the FIFTH of our 12 & Under girls to win a Grade 3 title this year! She defeated Sasha Southgate 6-2 6-1 in the final of the Esher Open Tournament and won all her matches in straight sets.
    Saturday 17th August 2013 -
    With a confident performance Mandi Furaji wins the the 12 & Under event at the Grade 3 Wimbledon Club Open Tournament. She defeated Elisa Van Meeteren 6-0 6-2 in the final, dropping a total of just three games in the entire tournament.
    Thursday 15th August 2013 -
    At the Grade 3 Swansea Tennis Championships, Jack Pinnington Jones produces a dominant display to win the 10 & Under event with some ease. In six matches he dropped just one single game, and claimed the title by defeating Robin Chandler-Payne 4-0 4-0 in the final.
    Saturday 10th August 2013 -
    Luke Henley gets back into winning ways at the Grade 3 Ellesse Chandos Junior Open tournament. After some time out with injury he has had to be patient but won the Mens event here with relative ease. He defeated Max Benaim 6-2 6-4 in the final and will now look to rebuild some momentum.
    Monday 5th August 2013 -
    A group of TA players arrive back from a highly successful clay court training and tournament trip to Prague, Czech Republic. They attended two 14 & Under tournaments and a training camp. Pictured above with their spoils are: Sahej Maker (far left) who won the boys event at TK Konstruktiva by defeating Russian player Ivan Lazarev 6-3 1-6 6-4, Yemisi Ifederu and Johan Ashley (far right) who were respective winners at TJ Solidarita Praha. Yemisi defeated TA player Teta Dieudonné 6-3 6-2 in the final and Johan defeated Czech player Pavel Jindra 6-1 6-1. Sahej and Johan then teamed up together and Teta with Molly Mackenzie (inset), to win the doubles events and ensure a clean sweep for TA players at this tournament.
    Friday 2nd August 2013 -
    Jack Pinnington Jones reaches his first Grade 2 singles final at the Sheffield Junior Open, losing to Toby Samuel 2-4 0-4, the top player in the country for his age. The previous week Jack had won his first Grade 2 title in Bath: 10 & Under Boys Doubles with Ouyoung Dinapala. Jack now moves up to No.5 in the 10 & Under Boys national leaderboard.
    At about the same time back in London Tara Amin achieved an equally important milestone: winning her first tournament, the 10 & Under event at the Bishops Park Savills Grade 4 Summer Tournament. Held to a box league format Tara won all her matches in straight sets for a well-deserved victory.
    Top 10 GB Rankings
    1 Alexandra McDonald
    GB #1 girls 10&U - Sep 2015
    Jaquelyn Ogunwale
    GB #1 girls 10&U - Apr 2015
    3 Jack Pinnington Jones
    TE #21 boys 14&U - Jan 2016
    GB #2 boys 12&U - Apr 2015
    GB #5 boys 10&U - Aug 2013
    4 Roberto Preka
    GB #3 boys 14&U - Nov 2013
    GB #3 boys 12&U - Apr 2012
    5 Leah Gonzales-Edwards
    GB #4 girls 10&U - Apr 2015
    6 Robert Morris
    GB #5 boys 18&U - Sep 2012
    7 Natalya Ogunwale
    GB #7 girls 12&U - Apr 2015
    8 Mandi Furaji
    GB #8 girls 12&U - Apr 2013
    Luke Henley
    GB #8 boys 18&U - Nov 2012
    In association with the tennis charity Bright Ideas For Tennis we are fundraising to improve our playing facilities.
    Skydive / 24Hr Marathon
    The skydive by the TA Sky Divas (Ilge and Katie) was postponed due to bad weather, and they are now scheduled for 24th March. Meanwhile the Forte Village 24Hr Tennis Marathon has been completed, but it is still possible to sponsor our worthy representatives, the TA Night Owls who put in a four hour shift up to midnight for the cause.
    Gala Dinner - All England Club
    Saturday 16th April: TA have a table for ten allocated at the Gala Dinner being held in the Debenture Lounge of the All England Club, Wimbledon. There are still three seats up for grabs, anybody interested should get in touch ASAP!

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