Young Totally Tennis player Aaron Dawson has had a very success summer of tennis in various tournaments in both singles and doubles competitions. Back in late July he competed in the Grade1 Summer National Tour Finals 2015 – 10 and under Invitational held at the West Hants Club in Bournemouth where he finished in a very respectable 6th place. In his first match he beat Tibet Hanedan 4-0, 5-4(0) but then had a tough second match against Benjamin Johnson which went to three sets and he just missed out after narrowly losing in the championship tie-break 2-4, 5-3, [1-0](7) causing him to miss out on a playing for a 1-4 position. In the play off 5th To 8th final Dawson lost against Jay Darvay 4-2, 4-2 to finish in sixth place.
In the 30th Eastleigh Open held at the Virgin Active Hampshire Health and Racquets Club Dawson competed in both the Grade 3 Boys 12 and under doubles and singles events. He was crowned doubles winner with partner Dean Cooper-Kirby after they defeated Franko Stoman and Pieter-Roux Olivier in the quarter finals 4-0, 4-1, Joe Eales and Matthew Nice in the semis 5-3, 4-2 and then Harrison Macdonald-Taylor and George Shields 4-2, 4-1. In the singles event he had a bye in the first round and was then beaten by doubles partner Cooper-Kirby in the second round 6-0, 6-4. In the consolation draw he won the semi-final after beating William Moore 4-0, 4-1 in the semis and then won the event defeating Nishant Talpallikar in the final 4-2, 4-1.
In the annual Hampshire & IOW Junior County Championships 2015 held at the Winchester Racquets And Fitness, Hampshire Dawson competed in three events. In the 10 and under Boys singles he finished as runner-up after losing to former clubmate Daniel Prickett in the final 4-2, 4-2. He had a bye in the first round and then defeated Spencer Hayes 4-0, 4-0 in the second round, Toby Blackwell 4-0, 4-2 in the quarters and the Jack Curtis 4-1, 4-1 in the semi-finals. In the 12 and under singles he had another bye in the first round and then beat Samuel Blackwell 4-0, 4-0 in round two but again nemesis Cooper-Kirby (who won the event overall) beat him in the quarters 5-4(2), 4-0. In the Boys 12 and under doubles Dawson and partner Bill Eales lost in the quarter finals against Zach Corner and Samuel Blackwell after a three set battle 1-4, 5-3, [1-0](5). In the consolation event, they lost to winners Toby Blackwell and Prickett 4-2, 5-4(3) in the semis.
In the Portsmouth Tennis Centre Boys 12 and under Grade 5 ranking tournament Dawson was declared the winner. In the quarters he defeated Hugo Pennant and Sterling Blakey in the semis with the same 4-0, 4-0 scorelines and finsihe with a another 4-0, 4-0 victory in the final against George Richardson. The amazing summer of hard work and results paid off as Dawson has achieved his 8.2 rating already whilst still Under10s and has now moved up to Under12s. Congratulations Aaron 😉
I have attached 2 photos; one of him at Nationals and one of Him and Dean with the doubles’ trophy.