My first ITF points...

In June, I competed in my first overseas Junior ITF Tournaments in Noumea, New Caledonia. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

 I won my first ITF points - very happy...

I won my first ITF points - very happy...

 

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.