From the Tennis Captain, Kiva Gwynne
The opening round of the summer tennis season saw a tough matchup against players from Knox Grammar, who showed their tennis prowess across all of the teams. Despite the strong opposition, several Waverley boys put in an exceptional effort and were able to win some sets.
The Knox Grammar boys showed no mercy in the opens, triumphing 8 sets to 0 in both the 1sts and 2nds. Nikita Nikitenko was the closest to taking a set, as he was edged in an intense tiebreak during his match in the 2nds. Kiva Gwynne (myself) came close, being conquered 5 games to 7.
Oliver Hackers highlighted the 3rds and 4ths fixtures, producing a tennis masterclass to defeat his opponent 6-2. Arturo Montesinos also showed his fighting spirit, as he was defeated 5-7. Knox Grammar ultimately won 5 sets to 1 and 5 sets to 0 in the 3rds and 4ths, respectively. The 5ths teams came the closest to victory amongst the opens teams, losing 2 sets to 4. Alastair Alston and Daniel Chow put in a great performance in their doubles, winning 6-3. Alastair was also able to trounce his opponent 6 games to 1 in an impressive display of singles tennis. The 6ths were unfortunate to go down 6 sets to 0.
It was a tough day at the office for the Year 10As and Bs, with both teams being defeated convincingly 6 sets to 0. This was also the case for the 9As, who lost 6 sets to 0. However, Oscar Madden showed potential in his singles, in which he was beaten 4-6.
Jared Garwood’s singles match was the high point of the Year 8 fixtures, defying the odds in a 6 games to 3 victory. Guy Hammerschmidt and Ronnie Roth also produced an upset, taking their doubles set 6-1. Knox went on to win 6 sets to 0 in the 8A’s and 4 sets to 2 in the 8B’s. Both the C and D teams were overwhelmed 6 sets to 0.
After a typically strong performance from Knox Grammar, the Waverley tennis boys will be focusing on another week training in order to prepare for round 2 against St. Aloysius.