Best outing for a young Manawatu player in years

GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:00 14/01/2014

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Manawatu had some of their best results in years at the national 12-and-under tennis championships in Christchurch yesterday.

Feilding Tennis Club coach Kurt McNamara had five players at the tournament, but the best of the lot was 12-year-old Kurt Amey from Rongotea.

No 4 seed Amey finished fifth overall in the boys singles, winning his fifth-and-sixth place playoff, beating Nick Beamish 6-2, 6-2.

The result is the best performance for a young Manawatu player in years, probably since Tutere Durie about five years ago or McNamara himself in the early 2000s.

Amey also went well in the boys doubles with his Wellington partner Patrick Joss, 11, as they made it to the final but were beaten 6-4, 6-4 by top seeds William Brownlie and George Stoupe from Wellington.

The final was played outside and after they had played inside and outside, the wind made it hard for Joss and Amey.

The pair did well in a tight semifinal to beat the No 2 seeds Harrison Darling and Jamie Garbett 4-6, 7-6, 7-6.

McNamara's other charges Jonty Stewart, Connor Backhouse, Jayden Harrison and Taranaki boy Jake Naylor all performed well at the tournament and McNamara said there were a number of good juniors coming through. Stewart, Backhouse and Naylor will all be back in the same age group again next year, too, so should perform even better as 15 out of this year's top 24 will move up.

The Manawatu players will be playing in the Manawatu summer open at Feilding this week.

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- Manawatu Standard

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