TRISTAN Schoolkate from Cottesloe Tennis Club has won his first International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles title claiming the ITF Gallipoli Youth Cup on Saturday.
Scarborough resident Schoolkate defeated Singapore’s Ethan Lye 6-4 6-0 to claim the prestigious title.
“It feels really special (to win my first ITF singles title),” Schoolkate said.
“In particular, winning the Galipolli Youth Cup only a few days from Anzac Day made the win more important.
“I worked so hard preparing on the clay, it was great to be rewarded with the win at this particular tournament.”
The Grade 4 ITF clay court tournament played in Melbourne involved 60 local and international players.
Schoolkate entered the singles main draw as the eighth seed, defeating the number 1, 3 and 5 seeds to claim the title.
Schoolkate dropped just one set throughout the tournament against his friend and doubles partner Ken Cavrak in the quarterfinal taking the match 6-3 3-6 6-2.
“The top half of the draw was incredibly tough and I knew every match would be difficult,” he said.
“The toughest match of the tournament was the quarterfinal against Ken because it was a tough three setter and he is a great player.
“I have great hitting partners and coaches at the National Academy that always make sure I am mentally and physically prepared.
“I am very lucky with the great team that I have and the travel support that they give me.
“I always have a coach on the road with me and I appreciate that level of access.”
Schoolkate and Cavrak entered the doubles main draw as second seeds and claimed the title beating fellow Australian’s Will Hann and Cihan Akay 6-3 6-3.