WESTON, Conn. The Weston Racquet Club 8-and-under team won the QuickStart U.S. Tennis Association Junior state tournament while the 10-year-old team finished fourth in a strong showing a recent tournament in East Haven.
Eight-and-under team members include Olivia Wen, Vivian Wen, Christian Sanchez, Jeremy Cheng, John Hui, Prem Dave, Margaret Taft and Eden Leuzzi. Coaches on hand included Angelo Rossetti, Weston Racquet Club's Director of Tennis, Adrian Perira and Justin Campbell, who coached the team during the winter season to first place in its division.
Seeded fourth going into the tournament, Weston's 8-and-under team stunned No. 1-seeded New Haven, 49-41. The Weston team then defeated two teams from Norwalk to win the title.
Even though the average age of the children was just 7, they practiced six hours a day for the three days before the tournament,' Rossetti said. "They demonstrated at a young age the desire to prepare in order to achieve their goal as the best team in the state."
Dave, who also competed in the 10-and-under competition, and teammate Griffin Forberg had a memorable match against the state's top-ranked doubles team from Shippan Racquet Club during the competition. Dave and Forberg came back after trailing, 3-0, and being just four points away from losing before tying the match. They eventually lost in a tiebreaker.
The Wen sisters will move to the 10-and-under age group next year. Pereira, a women's player at the University of South Carolina, helped with the team over the summer. Campbell, the team's coach in the fall, winter and spring, will return to the club to help the team prepare for next summer's challenges. More information is available at www.WestonRacquet.com
Team picture: From left to right, Adriana Pereira, Coach, Christian Sanchez, Jeremy Cheng, Angelo A. Rossetti, Director of Tennis, Olivia Wen, Vivian Wen, John Hui.
Second photo: John Hui, Jeremy Cheng, Vivian Wen, Olivia Wen and Christian Sanchez helped Weston win.
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