Spectacular Summer for Arielle.
Arielle Fitkin has concluded a spectacular summer of tournament victories by winning the 2014 Summer 14U Regional South West Tour. She finished with the highest points for all 14U players in a region consisting of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Avon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire & Isle of White and The Channel Islands.
This was the final accolade for a summer spent touring the south of the UK, travelling to Taunton, Bath, Newport (South Wales), Woking, London, Torquay and finishing in Truro, Penzance and Newquay, Cornwall. Of the seven grade three tournaments in which she has played Arielle has won four, been runner-up in two and reached the semi-final in one. In addition, competing up an age group in the 16U category she was victorious in Newport, South Wales.
In the all important UK Seasonal (6 monthly) rankings she finished the Season at number 15, her highest ever UK ranking finish. Her final match was the Cornwall County Championships where she beat Agatha Evans 6-4, 6-3 to become County Champion. At the subsequent Awards Presentation she was also delighted to receive a cup for the Most Improved Player.
Commenting on the season Arielle said, “I played some of my best tennis earlier in the summer, but you can’t always attain a high level of performance and then it’s important to remain very mentally strong. There were a few very long (3 hour!) encounters where my tenacity helped me pull through. You have to make every ball count like your life depends on it, but then when you miss you have to brush it off like a speck of dust.”
The new season starts in September with a move into the next age-band, and her first pro tournament may well be this year. For the time being Arielle is looking forward to getting back in the gym (“I love that place”) and getting back on the practise court with her coach Tim Webster. She will be trying out some new training opportunities in Exeter to work out whether these can be dovetailed into her work at Plymouth and elsewhere.
How did she cope with the relentless schedule? “I enjoyed going away, meeting new people, seeing old friends and then going out on court and fighting hard!”