What a day it has been! Don´t know if I´m too mentally exhausted to write this report but I promise to do my best…
This morning started out great for us all as our boys did not have to wake up early. Breakfast was only at 9:30 am and after breakfast they had plenty of time to go into town to stroll around as their next match was only at 4:30 pm. Surprisingly enough being boys they spent their whole time shopping and spending lots of m
oney,as there were so many bargains to be had.
Everyone met back at the “residencia” around one to get ready to go and have lunch at the “El Fuerte Club” . From there they went straight to the other club in town to prepare themselves for their afternoon matches against Uruguay. German managed to spend at least an hour training with all of them on court and giving them tactical advice for their matches ahead of them.
At 4:30 pm all 3 matches went on court at the same time. In the under 18´s Franky Langan and Charly Ferguson took on Agustin Araujo . Our boys started out amazingly well, with confidence and steadiness. They took the first set 7/5 and lost the second 5/7. The third set was a true battle and full of emotions. The pressure was on both sides and went with serve until 4 all. Then our serve was broken and the opponents took the set and match. It had been a tough match from start to finish it could´ve easily gone the other way.
On the next court the under 16´s Andy Lynk and Danny Bristow played against Alejandro Müller and Salvador Buzik. Andy and Danny dominated the court from the beginning and did not give the opponents any opportunities to break their winning rhythm. Our boys played brilliantly and everyone was commenting how much they have grown and improved during this past week of competition. They are a terrific pair and we expect great things from them in the future. Congratulations to them both!
Ok, and now we talk about the last match on court. In the under 14´s Alex Tom and Tom Lynk took on Diego Toledo and Gabriel Techera. This match was going to be hell and heaven all in one … Boy did we, the team and supporters had to suffer. There was extreme tension between both teams as this match was the deciding one, as the winning team would go through to the next round. There were more than a few disputes which had to be resolved by calling the official umpire onto court. The first set went to our team by 7/5, the second set to the Urugayans 6/1. Everything banked on the final set. Our boys took the lead 4/1 , then the rivals came back to 4 all. It was now or never for Alex and Tom to go for the win. They broke the serve and won theirs…..taking the UK team into the next round. How proud , exhausted and emotional they both were. Coach German had led his team yet again to another amazing victory.
This means that tomorrow, Saturday, our team will be playing for 5th or 6th place against one more nation….as it turns out it will be again against Portugal. Wish us luck ! We are confident to beat them but a bit of your luck may help as well.