2018 is under way and we had eight GTP players competing in the Barber Park North Carolina Level 4 (January 8-9). GTP had 5 players from its 11 and under junior elite group, 2 students from the GTP school and 1 from the high school afternoon group playing in the L4.
In the Girl’s 12’s division Anjali (11) the number two seed won two matches before falling in the finals to a strong opponent, earning second place. 10 year old Victoria Mann who won her first match easily then went on to lose to Anjali in a 3rd set breaker in the semis. In Victoria’s last match she beat the number 1 seed in the tournament 7-6 7-5 to win 3rd place. Nine year Sarah Delgado who fell to the #1 seed in the first round in a tough 3rd set tiebreak went on to win her consolation match vs. GTP’s Gabriella Slovak (8).
In the girl’s 14’s division GTP had 13-year-old Natalie Van Gelder and 11-year-old Andrea Chacon were competing. Natalie had two great matches too start things off but then fell to the #3 seed and lost her 3rd/4th place match to a strong opponent from Cary in a 3rd set tiebreak. Andrea started off strong taking down the #4 seed in a 3rd set breaker. Andrea lost two competitive matches the next two rounds of the tournament.
In Boy’s 14’s 8th grader Josh Gillis who was the #1 seed went on to win the division while only dropping 4 total games in four matches. Josh demonstrated great professionalism on the court and represented GTP well.
Kyle Miller playing in the Boy’s 16’s had a good run before falling in the finals. He went on to win 2 matches before the finals and beat the #1 seed in a hard fought match pulling it out in the third set tiebreak in his semi final match.
These were all solid showings from our GTP players! We look forward to an amazing year of tennis and tournament play from our talented junior group at GTP.