Westwood Continues Junior Cup Domination

By John Packett, RTA Contributing Writer

Westwood Continues Junior Cup Domination

RICHMOND– Top players from seven local clubs descended on the courts of acac on Oct. 17 for the junior cup.

IMG_4274It was the Richmond Tennis Association’s fourth annual tournament, and for the third time, Westwood emerged as the winner.

Raintree Swim and Racquet Club finished just three points behind.

“The effort was great and the attitude on the court was fantastic,” said Romain Ambert, captain of the Westwood team and head pro. “The way the kids competed at each level, and the way they handled the stress and behaved was great to see.”

Westwood totaled 62 points, with Raintree collecting 59. Burkwood Orange and Woodlake Swim and Racquet Club were tied for third with 56.

The winners of a match receive two points and the losers receive one.

IMG_4266The divisions consisted of 8-under, 10-under, 12-under, 14-under and 15-plus.

There was one modification this year that seemed to help the event run smoother.

“We cut the rosters,” said Al Thomas, tournament director and the director of junior tennis at acac.

“Last year, we had singles, doubles and mixed for everybody. All the teams had trouble filling out the rosters so we only had 15 kids this year, which was much more doable.”

Burkwood, which took home the junior cup last year, fielded two teams because Salisbury Country Club was unable to find enough players.

“[Ed Butterworth, Burkwood pro] came in at the 23rd hour and told us he thought he could field another team so there wouldn’t be any byes,” said Thomas. “So all the kids got to play three matches and that was good. Ed really stepped up and beat the bushes for another team in the last 24 hours.”

Westwood sent formidable players to acac, including Matthew Fernandez, Mitch Brody, Helena Huff and Lily Horsley at the 15-plus division.

The 14-under group of Emme Levenson, Allison Wandling, William Hobbs and Nathan Lord dropped two matches, as did the 12-under quartet of Ava Dalton, Brin Hause, Dylan Chou and Graham Bor.

Rounding out the Westwood contingent was the 10-under group of Gabrielle Strickler, Lindsay Paullin, Thomas Trickler and Tyler Moore, with David Harrison as the 8-under participant.

FullSizeRenderBurkwood Maroon and the Dominion Club tied for fifth with 52 points, followed by Three Chopt (48) and acac (47).

“The kids look forward to [the RTA junior cup] and most of them are competitive kids anyway and play all year round,” said Ambert. “If you want to win an event like that, all the divisions have to be strong. We did not have any weak players.”