Record 9th win for Meriden in Tildesley Tennis tournament
23 March 2018
Today, Meriden retained its title as the Champion of Tildesley Tennis for a record ninth consecutive year. The 2018 tournament was held from 21 to 23 March at Pennant Hills Park and marked the 100th anniversary of Tildesley Tennis, the longest running tennis tournament in Australian history.
Despite wet weather delays, the Meriden team got off to a strong start in the singles and doubles matches. Meriden’s five doubles teams were a force to be reckoned with and by Friday they had secured all places in the semi final matches. Partners Vanessa D’Souza and Komaki Ido and Angelina Teakaraanga-Katoa and Olivia Huang progressed through to the final to battle it out for the title of doubles champions. The partnership of Vanessa and Komaki ultimately claimed victory.
The singles rounds saw strong performances by all ten Meriden players. The impressive action on court culminated with sisters, Violet and Patricia Apisah, securing two places in the semi final matches. The remarkable display of tennis which followed held the spectators mesmerised and when Violet won 8-1 and claimed the singles champion's title for the second year in a row, the roar from the Meriden supporters could be heard for miles.
Meriden’s Tildesley victory follows a string of successes for the tennis team. The team has won the Australian Schools Tennis Championship a record eight times and claimed the gold medal at the 2015 World Schools Tennis Championships held in Qatar.
Meriden has developed a reputation as one of Australia's leading schools for girls in tennis. The school continues to foster the talent of students at an elite level through its highly regarded Olympus Program, which provides specialised training in time management, injury prevention, nutrition and stress management, as well as additional tennis training.