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Search On For Sovereign Superstars (North Island)

2nd December 2008

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Search On For Sovereign Superstars

The search is on once again to find the very best young tennis players to take part in Sovereign Superstars for 2009 with the North Island Primary and Intermediate Schools championships in Waikato serving as a qualifying tournament this week.

The concept offers children a once in a lifetime ‘money can’t buy’experience at the Heineken Open in Auckland in mid January next year, New Zealand’s professional men’s tennis tournament.

The experience features all the trimmings of life as a professional tennis player, including matches on centre court live on television, hotel accommodation, flights to and from the tournament and VIP transport to the venue each match day.

Sovereign Head of Marketing and Product Management Vena Crawley explains Sovereign’s support of the Superstars concept.

“Sovereign Superstars provides a genuine money can’t buy experience for the children, one that will stay with them and their parents for a lifetime,”said Crawley.

“On top of that for any of the children that go on to play tennis professionally, this can only help in their development and understanding of the commitment required to succeed. However, this is primarily about rewarding children and families who are active and making efforts to live a healthy lifestyle.”

The best 2 children (boy and girl) from each of the three regions (South Island, Waikato Bays/Central, Auckland/Northern) at their respective South and North Island Primary and Intermediate School tournaments will book their tickets for Sovereign Superstars in January.

Those qualifying tournaments are held this week, with the North Island at the ASB Waikato Tennis Centre on Thursday 4th December and Friday 5th December.

Participating children


Ella Hassall, Waikato; Toni Katipa, Waikato; Danni Hodges, Waikato Bays; Alyssa Chapman, Waikato Bays; Shaani Te Mata-Frost, Cental; Paige Hourigan, Central; Bridget Liddell, Central; Madison Young, Central; Rebecca Atkins, Central; Claudia Willams, Auckland; Lucia Young, Auckland; Kelly Drew, Auckland; Alexandra Howell, Auckland; Mia Middleton, Northern; Megan Rogers, Northern; Trixie Croad, Northern;


Arapeta Collier-Waiomio; Waikato Bays; Taylor McGuire, Waikato Bays; Manaia Hiha, Waikato Bays; Brad Currie, Waikato Bays; Olly Sadler, Central; Tai Durie, Central; Lucas Miller, Central; Kiranpal Pannu, Central; Kyle Butters, Central; Niko Vulinovich, Auckland; Josh Walden, Auckland; Cameron Philpott, Auckland; Arash Hafezi, Auckland; Sion Wiggin, Northern; Jamie Keller, Northern; Ben Muller, Northern.

Tournament format and details:

North Island Primary School Finals

Thursday 4th December & Friday 5th December 2008

ASB Waikato Tennis Centre,

Dey St, Hamilton

All matches are to be the best of three tiebreak sets with a tiebreak at six games all (the tournament manager has the right to alter the length of matches if circumstances make it necessary).

Boys & Girls Singles - 16 size draw. No doubles.

The draw will be posted on the Tennis NZ website under the tournament section by 3pm, Tuesday 2nd December.

Prize giving will be held on the last day following the finals. All players are expected to attend.

The tournament will be played in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of Tennis NZ, Rules of Tennis and Tennis NZ Player Code of Conduct.


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