Tennis is a year-round sport at Newington. In the Summer Season, boys compete in the AAGPS Competition as well as Age Group competitions.
Newington Tennis Program
Tennis is a year-round sport with a summer and winter program. Summer has a AAGPS competition as well as an Age Group competition. The winter tennis season caters for beginning players as well as supplementary training for performance athletes. At Newington, each tennis student participates in a comprehensive training and competition program that caters for all playing levels. The Director of Tennis is supported by dedicated internal staff, and by a team of qualified and skilled coaches and assistants.
The college boasts a world class facility that consists of 6 Australian Open Hardcourts, as well as 3 multi-purpose synthetic grass courts. There is a shaded viewing deck as well as a tennis office, club room, and bathroom facilities. The courts have recently been resurfaced and have hosted Tennis Australia tournaments and coach education courses. Courts are available for social use by students, staff, family and friends, subject to court availability.
Training and Competition
Newington participates in:
- The AAGPS competition
- An Age Group competition against AAGPS schools
- Players who do not gain selection in the AAGPS or Age teams play in a Challenge Fixture competition against participating AAGPS and CAS schools
Each student is required to participate in two training sessions per week, as well as play in a team competition fixture each Saturday. AAGPS teams are required to commit to additional training including strength and conditioning. The boys have representative opportunities with the AAGPS, CIS and as part of school tournament tours.
Newington College continues to conduct tournament tours to expose our Performance and Aspiring players to competitive tennis outside the school system. 12 Newington boys travelled to several tournaments across NSW in the school holidays. Many of our leading players also compete internationally during the offseason. The pathway to the ITF/ATP Protour, or to a US College athletic program, is carefully integrated into the GPS tennis program at Newington.
The 2019 Tennis Season was a fruitful one, with three age groups boasting over 25 students in each division which provided an abundance of competitive spirit in the tennis program at Newington. In the senior teams, there were also very healthy numbers with 10 teams across the opens divisions competing each week. For all of the age groups there was a constant feeling of unity amongst team members which always assists in developing people and culture. The GPS squad consisting of both 1sts and 2nds teams enjoyed much success both in terms of growth and winning percentage. Both teams in the final week of competition were mathematically in reach of retaining the shield however it was not to be this year with 1sts finishing 3rd and 2nds finishing 4th on the table. The Newington Tennis program also represented at the Australian All School Championship, Top 6, and CIS championships.
Daniel Nailand (Yr 12) – GPS Representative, Captain of Tennis
Sam Bencsik (Yr 12) – GPS Representative
Ethan Whitty-Pike (Yr 12) – GPS Representative
Harry Quinn (Yr 12) – GPS Representative
Eric Tripathi (Yr 11) – GPS Representative, CIS, NSW All Schools Representative, GPS Top 6 Representative
Tully Suttie (Yr 10) – GPS Representative, CIS, NSW All Schools Representative, GPS Top 6 Representative
Justin Dong (Yr 9) – GPS Representative, CIS, NSW All Schools Representative, GPS Top 6 Representative, Australian Nationals Champion, ITF Grade 5 Winner
Paul Howe (Captain of GPS) and Jun Sasagawa were part of the winning NSW Pizzey Cup team at the prestigious Australian National Schools Team Tennis Championships, open to statewide high school students. Jun was also selected in the All Australian Team which will attend the Australian Open in 2019. This adds to Jun’s impressive record of going undefeated in Singles playing at the no.1 position all year.
Alec Machin won the ONU Service Prize for Tennis.
Tennis Camps and Private Lessons
Tennis Camps and Private lessons will now be conducted by the school, operating under NewSport. Information will be send out leading in to holiday tennis camps. For all enquiries about private tennis lessons, please email the Director of Tennis, Chris Steel.