In the inaugural AISAA Open Tennis Tournament, the Wells tennis program dominated the field to capture both the individual and team titles. Eventual champion Phuwish Lee “Bank” (Gr. 10) cruised through the play-in round and quarterfinals, blanking “Charles”, 8-0, and Hugo Abe, 8-0, both from Berkeley International School (BIS). In the semifinals, Bank lost his only game of the tournament, but still overpowered Thanapat “Putter” Boosarawongse from Concordian International School (CIS), 8-1. In a rather anti-climactic finish, the championship match pit Wells top player against his seemingly strongest opponent, Thanakorn “Jark” Runglerdkriangkrai from Ekamai International School (EIS), who eked by Wells #2 player, Possawat Akarapan “Insee” (Gr. 10), in the other semifinal match, 8-7 (10-7). However, due to injury, the EIS challenger needed to bow out.
Aside from Bank and Insee, Wells players making the tournament’s main draw included Bank’s twin, Best Warisara Lee “Best” (Gr. 10) and Seahawk newcomer Jao Van Schalkwyk (Gr. 7). Best fell to Jark from EIS, 8-3, and Jao fell in a tight match against Putter from CIS, 8-6.
In the team standings, Wells accumulated 22 team points, followed by Ekamai with 7 team points, Concordian with 4 team points, Berkeley with 1 team point. Also participating were players from AISAA member Mahidol University International Demonstration School – MUIDS (MUIDS).
The season continues next weekend with Wells players entered in a UTR-sanctioned tournament held at Bangkok Pattana School.
Complete results of Wells players are as follows:
Akarapan, P. (Wells) def. Yotsakulsate, N. (MUIDS), 8-0
Lee, W. (Wells) def. Jazzy (BIS), 8-0
Van Schalkwyk, J. (Wells) def. Prajumtan, A. (EIS), 8-2
Lee, P. (Wells) def. Charles (BIS), 8-0
Akarapan, P. def. Techajaroenvikul, J. (CIS), 8-0
Runglerdkriangkrai, T. (EIS) def. Lee, W., 8-3
Boosarawongse, T. (CIS) def. Van Schalkwyk, J., 8-6
Lee, P. def. Abe, H. (BIS), 8-0
Runglerdkriangkrai, T. def. Akarapan, P., 8-7 (10-7)
Lee, P. def. Boosarawongse, T., 8-1
Lee, P. def. Runglerdkriangkrai, T., 1-0 (Ret.)