More European Points for Cooper Kirby in Finland

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby saw his latest European tournament title dreams finish at the quarter finals stage at the Pajulahti Cup in Finland.

Cooper Kirby was accepted into the qualifying stage of the TEJT Boys Singles 16 & under event after being 23rd on the reserve list but with players having withdrawn he was offered his place to compete in the draw. Travelling with his father Brian, the duo flew from Gatwick to Helsinki then travelled 110km via train and bus to the remote Pajulahti located at the Olympic Training Centre in Nastola arriving with just fifteen mins to spare before the 6pm sign-in deadline.

10BC1A96-B81D-4F4E-B41B-84960234980FThe qualifying match was on Saturday against Davis Alksnis from Latvia and with the chilly -23c conditions it understandbly took Cooper Kirby extra time to warm-up but he won the match 6-3, 6-2 and booked himself a place into Monday’s main draw. Sunday was a match-free day that allowed the main draw players to arrive ahead of the start of the tournament and Cooper Kirby took advantage of the rest day to have a practice hit with a player from Germany.
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His first main draw opponent was the unseeded Aaron Matikkala from Finland whom he defeated 6-2, 6-2. He then beat fourth seed Andrey Beketov from Russia (60th in Europe for this age group) 6-2, 6-3 in the second round and progressed to the quarter finals where he faced sixth seed Ugnius Biskauskis, a national player from Lithuania. Biskauskis, a recent European Country Championships competitor, proved too strong an opponent on this occassion winning the match 6-0, 6-4 signalling Cooper Kirby’s exit from the event.
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Despite the long journey and flight home Cooper Kirby was back at school the next day. He picked up 40 extra points by reaching the quarter final stage in Finland and that’s seen him move up another 400 places up the leaderboard. Next stop is the San Michel International Tournament in Kordin, Malta this coming weekend where he has been placed straight into the main draw.

Good Luck Dean!

Cooper Kirby is looking for funding for his European Tournaments – read more in previous blog post Cooper Kirby Looking For Sponsorship and his European tournaments in previous post Cooper Kirby Racks Up European Points

Visit Cooper Kirby’s GoFundMe page here for more information and his latest news and updates.

 

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