8 Jan 2013

Okaiawa's Hamish Mead has become a national tennis champion at the age of 14 playing in the Tennis New Zealand National 14 and under Championships at Glen Innes, Auckland.

Mead and his Feilding partner, Kieren Rooney, (no.6 seeds), defeated 2nd seeds Alex Calder and Joshua Snowdon-Poole (Wellington) in the final 6-3 4-6 10-8 in a nail-biting match.

In the quarter-finals, Mead/Rooney defeated the 3rd seeds Finn Reynolds (Western BOP) / Mitchell Sizemore (Southern) 6-7 6-3 10-8 and in the semi-final defeated the 7th seeds Joshua Pereira(Akld)/Kento Suga(Northern) 6-3 2-6 10-7.

Mead still has a match to go in the singles where he is playing off for 7th-8th place.  Mead was the only unseeded player to make the singles quarter-finals before being beaten by the 2nd seed, Alex Calder 6-1 6-1.

Mead has continued on his good run of form from December's REAL SPORTS Taranaki Open, where he won both the 14s and 16s singles titles.  Mead plays for the small South Taranaki, Okaiawa Tennis Club.