On Wednesday 23rd October 2019 the UNIS varsity tennis team headed to the hosts Seoul Foreign School, Seoul, Korea to compete in the 2019 APAC tournament. This year 6 schools participated: SFS, HKIS, SSPD, ISB and Brent. The matches were played at the school campus but at three different sites, making use of the British School there too.
The teams consisted of 5 boys, 5 girls. 2 of each gender played singles, a girls and boys doubles and finally a mixed doubles. The format began with team round-robin where every school played against one another. The scoring was first to 8 games with sudden death deuces (at deuce nextpoint wins).
UNIS Hanoi started with a match against HKIS (Hong Kong). With it being first match it was a battle against opponent and nerves! We lost 0-7, some close 6-8 loses meant we were unlucky to not pick up some wins. Next we played the hosts SFS (Korea). Their home advantage told and both on their boys and girls sides were very strong. We lost this one 0-7. Our remaining match on day one was against another tough school ISB (Bejing) matches were at times close and long; but ultimately a 0-7 loss in this one.
Day 2 was an early start with another packed day of matches. We started with a match against Brent (Philippines). We were just unable to pick up the team win on this one losing 2-5, wins came from Dao and our boys doubles. Last up was SASPX (Shanghai) . We lost this match 0-7. This match completed the six school round-robin and then depending on your placings the first two days was where you were seeded as we went into the individual competition.
Final day (3) and by now everyone is playing their respective individual event. Nguyen Dao had our highest individual placing just missing out on a medal coming 5th, with the singles 2 players joining the draw as well he finished 5th out of 12 . He was in fact very close to making the final had some key points gone better his way – he had match points against the runner-up. Big credit to Shern-Ern and ShinYoung who both managed to reverse loses against players in the knock-out rounds respectively.
Ultimately the competition was extremely good and it’s good to be aware of the level and standards we wish to aspire too.
The finals produced excellent tennis to watch, girls event and boys event was won by SFS. Overall fantastic event well organised by the host school SFS. Great experience for our players. We say thank you to our now ineligible Grade 12’s next year who move on with our best wishes. Nguyen Dao and ShinYoung Kim have competed in 4 APAC Tennis Championships for UNIS so fantastic credit to them. Big thanks to Taku Shiwa and Mayu Mori who also take their next steps from high school after this year. Some of our players now have 2/3 yrs experience so that will hold us in good stead. We know we have to practice more often and play more matches so hopefully that’s something we can commit to all year round now.
Boys Singles 1 – Nguyen Dao Girls Singles 1 – Shernern Wang
Boys Singles 2 – Sohan D’Silva Girls Singles 2 – ShinYoung Kim
Boys Doubles – Taku Shiwa/Min Yong An Girls Doubles – Mayu Mori/Marigrace Bishop
Mixed Doubles – Miki Takeshi/Do Hun An
Should you be interested in trying out for the APAC team (Grade 9-12) or interested in playing/starting tennis please contact me. We have elementary, middle and high school tennis sessions running throughout the week with additionally an adult community programme.
(Tennis Academy Manager)