Kearsney Head off to 5th Euro Tennis Trip

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Tue, 24/06/2014 - 11:28
  • Kearsney Tennis Team
    Kearsney Tennis Team

The Kearsney College tennis team leaves for England and Spain this week on a tour that must fulfil every tennis player's dream - the opportunity to add clay, grass and synthetic to their list of playing surfaces.  

Matches and practice sessions will be on hard courts and grass in London, Somerset and Surrey and on clay courts in Barcelona.  The itinerary includes plenty of tennis with visits to educational and historical sites in England and Spain, watching their idols at Wimbledon, as well as training at the Andres Gimeno Tennis Centre in Barcelona.

The team, captained by Keegan Foss, is a blend of youth and experience; and includes Dale Sandy, Benjamin Patton, Neil Lillelund and James Stromnes (Grade 12); Matthew Bentley (Grade 11); Brad Porteous, Mihir Singh and Brendan Bosman  (Grade 10); Nic de Beer, Thomas Hart, Kyle Koenig, Luke Hawyes, Patrick McGrath, Samuel Stanton and Grant Manderson (Grade 9).  The team will be accompanied by deputy headmaster Anthony Willows, the team coach and manager, together with coach Alan Cairns.

“We have a talented pool of enthusiastic young players, many in grades 9 and 10, who will benefit enormously from this experience,” Willows said.

Tennis is a highly competitive sport at Kearsney, with teams participating in three major tennis festivals each year – the Paul Roos Tournament in Stellenbosch in February, the school’s own Kearsney Festival in May and the Grey College Tournament in October.

Kearsney tennis teams have toured overseas four times in the past 19 years – in 1995 to the United Kingdom and United States (Texas and Florida), in 1999 to the United Kingdom, Austria and Germany, in 2003 to Australia and in 2007 to England and France.

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