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New South Wales and South Australia claim 15/u titles at Australian Teams Championships

New South Wales and South Australia claimed the Wayne Reid Cup at the 2022 Australian Teams Championships.

Gold Coast, Australia, 6 July 2022 | tennis.com.au

New South Wales and South Australia won the 15/u 2022 Australian Teams Championship presented by Kia on the Gold Coast.

The New South Wales girls’ team of Gabby Gregg, Rianna Alame and Elizabeth Ivanov, along with team manager Ben Pyne, defeated top seeds Victoria 2-0 to win the Wayne Reid Cup in Sunday’s final.

The South Australian team of Jonas Hahn, Michael Smith and Billy Williams, led by former Davis Cup player and team manager Sandon Stolle, defeated New South Wales 2-0 in the boys’ competition.

Gregg, New South Wales’ No.1 player, was excited to win the tournament and be part of the team event.

“I’m feeling really happy, really stoked to get to this point and very fortunate to be here,” Gregg said.

“I managed to do something that means a lot to me, my state and I think the same goes for my team mates.

“I really enjoyed everything (about the week). I love spending time with my team mates and getting to know them a bit better. This event was really nice to get to know them when they are not on the other side trying to beat you.

“You get to play against different people, being able to play against the top players of their state, territories and country is a very different experience and I really like that.”

Jonas Hahn from the 15/u South Australian boys’ team was also thrilled to pull off a win for his state.

“I feel pretty tired but we’re stoked, so happy to come off with a win,” Hahn said.

“It’s such an honour to be able to win for South Australia. So many big names in the past, like Thanasi (Kokkinakis) have won this event, it means a lot to us.

“Having a coach on court with us, I feel like it really changes how we play each other and how I feel like my opponent is playing me. Taking those pieces of advice from someone like Sandon Stolle and improving as a player are some of the key takeaways this week.”

Tournament Director Frankie Soyer described the team event as a vital component of the Australian Junior Championships calendar, as it provides players with a unique experience.

“Tennis is very individualised as a sport. It’s really rare that players come together and compete as a team. This event gives them the opportunity to do that, to support each other, win or lose together, an experience which they don’t get to do very often,” Soyer said.

“The Australian Junior Championships are a vital part of the development pathway because it brings the best kids from around Australia together and provides them with great competitive opportunities to improve on the court and make friends off the court with players from around the country and friendships that can last a lifetime.”

More than 150 up-and-coming tennis players from each Australian state and New Zealand contested the annual 10-day junior team competition.

> READ: Victoria and Queensland sweep 11/u and 13/u titles at Australian Teams Championships

Final results

Wayne Reid Cup – 15/u boys

Final: [2] South Australia d [1] New South Wales 2-0

Wayne Reid Cup – final placings

1. South Australia

2. New South Wales

3. New Zealand

4. Victoria

5. Queensland

6. Australian Capital Territory

7. Tasmania

8. Northern Territory

9. Western Australia

Wayne Reid Cup – 15/u girls

Final: [2] New South Wales d [1] Victoria 2-0

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