My first ITF points...
In June, I competed in my first overseas Junior ITF Tournaments in Noumea, New Caledonia.
I competed in two Grade 5 Tournaments which ran back to back over 2 weeks. Being at the bottom of the world in New Zealand, it is a lot harder to travel to compete, so it is always great to get an opportunity to compete overseas.
It was very nice weather and much hotter than the cold winter in New Zealand. When I arrived in Noumea, we hit the courts and trained on some unfamiliar hard courts. The first thing I noticed was that the surface was very bouncy compared to home.
When it came to the first day at tournament I didn’t know what to expect, but I didn’t play as well as I would have liked, and lost in the first round. I guess I didn’t adjust to the new courts and the weather. But with more practice matches and training sessions through out the week I was able to learn, and used the new environment to my advantage.
The 2nd tournament was a great week. I learnt from my mistakes and played better than expected. I made it to the quarter finals which was a big improvement and was happy with the way I played. Yah! I received my first ITF points for both singles and doubles.
This opportunity was definitely worth it, and it was heaps of fun. I definitely learnt lots and got a taste of what ITF tournaments are like.