Mini Performance Player Aaron Dawson competed in the 10 and under Boys Singles Grade 2 (National) Notts Junior Open tournament supported by Porsche Centre Nottingham played at the Nottingham Tennis Centre last month. In the group stages, Dawson came second in Group D beating Rory Marles 4-1, 4-2 but losing to group winner Jay Davey 4-2, 5-4(2). Playing on the clay courts for the main draw matches, Dawson beat William Burridge 4-2, 4-1 then lost in the quarter-finals against Theodore Purkis 4-1, 4-0. In the play-offs he beat Alexander Okonkwo 4-2, 4-2 to finish in sixth place overall.
During May half term, Dawson competed in the Herts Summer National (Grade 2) Tournament held at Queenswood School in Hatfield. Playing in Boys 10 and under singles event, he competed in Group A where he beat William Cheer 4-2, 5-3 but lost to eventual winner J’Quon Duvall-Richards 4-0, 5-4(4). He progressed to the main compass draw where he defeated Alexander Okonkwo winning the third set tie-break 5-3, 04, 1-0(7) but then lost in the quarter finals against Anthony Wright 4-1, 4-1. He then beat Oliver Evans 5-4 (1), 5-3 and Benjamin Johnson 4-0, 4-1 to finish in a very respectable fifth place.
Head coach James McIntosh said “Aaron has done so well to make the quarter finals in his last 3 Grade 2 national events. He has worked hard in his lessons to keep on improving in all areas of his game so it is great to see him making progress at each tournament he plays.” he added, “A 5th place finish in a tournament amongst the best players in the country at his age group is an excellent achievement. Well done Aaron, keep up the good work.”