James with Boys 14 and under opponents

On Sunday 7 February, at the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand, BISP RPT Tennis Academy player James Van Herzeele won the Thai National Tennis tournament for Boys 14 and under, and was selected to represent Thailand.

Held from 3-7 February, the tournament involved the top 16 tennis players (boys 14 and under) in Thailand in a round robin competition of 4 groups.

British International School, Phuket (BISP) Year 8 student James came through the round robin to face the number one ranked player in Thailand in the quarter finals, winning a tough match to go through to the semi-finals, and then winning two more matches to take the title.

He is now the youngest member of the Thailand National Youth Team Boys 14 and under squad.

BISP RPT Tennis Academy Head Coach Lee Austrin said, “James got stronger and stronger as each match went on. We are currently changing many aspects of his game and it was a pleasure to see him using the tools we are trying to give him.

“He is by no means the finished article but it makes me extremely proud to see him playing and fighting the way he does against older and physically more developed boys. I’m very excited for his future.”

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