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Due to a heavy downpour of rain in Port Vila (weather updates can be seen in the Weather tab on home page) Tennis games are currently on hold and will continue when the weather improves

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VANUATU BEATS FIJI TO CLAIM GOLD IN MEN’S TEAM TENNIS DOUBLES

Vanuatu’s Aymeric Mara and Cyril Jacob won gold in the Vanuatu 2017 tennis men’s team event doubles on Saturday, comfortably beating Fiji’s CJ Beg and William O’ Connell 6-2, 6-2 in the final. Vanuatu finished with a flourish, with two aces in the final game as they were serving for the match. Mara told the Vanuatu 2017 Games News Service that he and Jacob, his cousin, have formed a strong partnership. “We have done really well, we are a very solid team,” Mara said. “Me and my cousin when we play, we understand each other and how we play...

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TENNIS GLORY FOR TONGA, SAMOA AND NEW CALEDONIA

Tonga, New Caledonia and Samoa took the spoils in the first tennis medal matches of the Vanuatu 2017 Pacific Mini Games on Friday, when rain finally cleared to allow play after two days of frustrating delays. Tongan brothers Matavao and Semisi Fanguna sprung the biggest surprise of the day, securing a famous win in the men’s doubles bronze medal match by defeating the young New Caledonia pair of Julien Delaplane and Maceo Rouas in two sets (7-5, 5-2). Matavao Fanguna said: “Our performance was absolutely amazing. I just want to thank everybody for the hard work, and especially to god. I have trained so hard for this and this is the first medal I’ve achieved in my whole life.” In the women’s doubles gold medal match, New Caledonia’s Samuelle Bull and Meryl Pydo defeated Solomon Islands pair Geojimah Row and Vinda Teally in two sets (7-6, 7-5). Bull said: “I feel incredible and it’s a good experience winning the final this afternoon. I think it was a really tough game but thanks to Meryl who won her first [women’s singles] game, whereas I had a hard time playing in my second [women’s singles] match and lost, [together] we played hard in the doubles and thanks to that we got the match.” In the women’s doubles bronze medal match, Samoa’s Steffi Carruthers and Lyla Saolo Tapusoa smashed Vanuatu pair Marie...

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Program for Tennis Day 4 (Thursday 4th Dec)

Program of tomorrow (day 4) For the women: – Winner of pool A (Solomon Island) vs R’up of pool B (Vanuatu) – Winner of pool B (Samoa) vs R’up pool A (New Cal) For the men: – Winner of pool A (Fiji) vs the best R’up (New Cal) – Winner of pool B (Vanuatu) vs Winner of pool C (Tonga) Source : Vanuatu Tennis...

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Tennis – Youth with Endurance

An epic battle between two 15 year old women resumed on Tuesday morning at the Korman Tennis Courts where Vanuatu and Tonga were battling for a victory in the first round of the tournament. Local player Rosalie Molbaleh andBrookieMaasi from Tonga had traded shots, games and sets for almost four hours before rain stopped play for the day on Monday. The scoreline stood at one set a piece, 5-5 in the third and deciding set. Tuesday dawned and both young women looked surprisingly fresh after what had been a late night celebrating the Opening Ceremony at Korman Stadium with fellow athletes, in front of thousands of supporters. In overcast conditions, young Molbaleh showed early nerves as she lost the first game of the day – the 11th of the set – opening up an opportunity for Maasi to go in for the kill. But to the young ni-Van’s credit, she regained her focus with a strong game to return the scores to be level at 6-6 – time for another tie-break! Trading shots with impressive power and variety, the early lead went to Molbaleh moving to a six points to two lead, until Maasi hit back and closed the gap. Molbaleh however paused at the end of the court, breathed deeply and faced down her opponent at 6-5 to take the next point and close out the match, much...

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Tennis on the first day of competition

Rain stopped play at approximately 2.30pm at the Korman Tennis Courts on the first day of competition. The remaining matches will be completed at 9am on Tuesday. A big thank you to #VanTennis for the great coverage and photos. Pacific Mini Games results (Day 1): Aymeric Mara (Van) Vs Manutapu Alfalo (Tuvalu) : 6/0 – 6/2 Cyril Jacobe (Van) Vs Gavin Iakopo (Tuvalu): 6/1 – 6/0 William O’connel (Fiji) Vs Kristen Clement (Samoa): 6/0 – 6/0 Luke Paeni (Solomon) vs Matavao Fanguna Tonga): 6/4 – 6/2 Vinda Teally Vs Vienna Kumar: 6/3 – 6/3 Leon Soonaloe (Samoa) VS Conway Jabez Kaitu’U Beg (Fiji): 2/6 – 6/3 – 6/3 Clement Mainguy / Lorenzo Pineda (Van) VS Falealoto Sokomani / Simon Tualigi (Tuvalu) : 6/0 – 6/0...

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