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Despite being threatened by a band of heavy rain, the Nexus Junior Tennis Tour continued with the first event for 16U boys on Saturday afternoon. With the valued help of players and parents, the courts were cleared of rain so that matches could start as the sun broke through.
Once again, the joint venture between Nexus Open Systems and Devon Tennis benefited from a full draw as players from seven clubs across Devon took part in the first event for their age group. Despite using the Fast4 scoring format, which aims to provide an exciting way of speeding up conventional matches, the tournament started and finished with two incredibly tight matches.
The first-round game between Dylan Jenkins (Exeter Golf and Country Club) and Hayden Nutt (Willand) was still going after many of the second-round matches had finished. Two tie-breaks and many lengthy rallies contributed to the duration. In a match of fine margins, Dylan prevailed on a sudden death point in the second set tie-break.
Benjamin Mays (Victoria Park) and Zac Kerr (Exeter Golf and Country Club) played out a similar encounter in the last match to begin. With both players very evenly matched it again came down to two close tie-breaks with Benjamin coming through 4-3 4-3.
All players who took part picked up points towards the Nexus leaderboard. The top 8 players at the end of the winter season will qualify for the Finals on 6th April. It was a successful start for five Exeter Golf and Country Club players who picked up the maximum 150 points – Marcus Kay, Noah Kerley, George Guy, Dylan Jenkins and Sam Wilton-Davies.
Stuart Wilson, Managing Director of Nexus, said: “We would like to thank those parents who kindly helped with clearing the courts of excess water so that play could commence as quickly as possible. On the positive side, the exercise helped them forget how cold it was!
“The pairings provided some competitively even matches which were very engaging to watch and again, it was nice to see so many Exeter Golf and Country Club players and representation from six other Devon clubs.
“Thank you to James Temple and Exeter Golf and Country Club for hosting the event despite the complications caused by the unpredictability of the weather. As the evenings gradually remain lighted for longer, we look forward to the next event for 12U players on Saturday 16th February”.
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