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St. Andrews Flames Tennis Journey

Have you ever wondered at the symbolic meaning of the Olympic torch and flame?
The torch is a symbol of the harmony and goodwill which represent the ideals of the Olympic Games. The Olympic flame represents the basic spiritual significance of the Olympic Movement, a symbol of peace among peoples of the world. The Olympic Flame, Durantes, Conrado, International Olympic Committee, 1988
STA Tennis 2017

Flames is an ambitious symbol for Sport Squads at St Andrews. Not only do our young athletes proudly exhibit the powerful flame on their jerseys, fostering their aspiration, will, determination and purpose, but they truly believe in its brilliance to flame up their hearts when adversity strikes on the field.

Flames Tennis Squad is no exception. Alongside with Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Golf, Swimming, Touch Rugby and Volleyball teams, our players embrace the STA flame with pride, in support of each other and their team.

We have come a long way from a small group of 4 pioneers sitting their IGCSE exams this year (Taisei, Chris, Kristian & Rohan – Good memories!) to a squad of 20 members from both Primary School and High School. The torch has been carried hand-to-hand by relays of enthusiastic players, coaches and parents. The relay route has covered Bangkok, Phuket, Jakarta and Brunei so far, with two major yearly events, FOBISIA Tennis and Tennis 4’s Phuket Tournaments. Despite the huge difference in the depth of training between our squad and opposite teams who play elite-level tennis, we have made a difference in stroke production, playing styles, patterns and tactics over the years. More recently, our performance at BISP Tennis 4's Phuket 2017 has been very encouraging. Well done Victoria 6P, who came back home with Runner Up Trophy in Girls U13 Consolation Round. Well done team! Our flame is not just pretty, but hot and fierce! (see comments from some Flames Tennis Squad members*)

We owe deepest thanks to Coach P, STA Head Coach, and his dedicated team who have rekindled our light in the face of hardship. We thank parents who have been walking along our path, encouraged and supported us. We are grateful to the PE Department, Ms. Aanchal, Activities Coordinator, Ms. Justine, Projects Coordinator, and all Administrative Staff for their continuous advice and assistance. Tennis 10s (ECA), Baseline Tennis (ECA) and Flames Tennis Squad are all one heart. We will keep it burning bigger and brighter!

New developments are on the way for 2017-18 to better support our tennis athletes and welcome new players: regular access to tennis courts, on-site/off-site training opportunities, coaching structure, tournaments, training camps, team lineup, etc. We are looking for:

  1. students who would like to experiment with tennis
  2. casual athletes who want to stay involved with tennis
  3. competitive players who believe they can make a difference

The PE Department will take our students’ interests/abilities into account to finalise STA tennis programme for 2017-18.

I had so much fun going to the tournament at BISP as I got to know the squad members better. My favorite part of the tournament was watching the finals on the last day and when we practised at night with the team before the first day of the tournament. My best achievement was winning my 1st match at big tournament like this one. It was challenging returning a topspin serve because the serve went in different directions which I am not use to returning. From the experience at the tournament I need to work on my footwork, speed, match play and focusing on my game. Overall I enjoyed this tournament very much and can't wait for the next one Arin 6P, Boys U13
It was an exciting tournament to me because it was the first tennis tournament outside Bangkok. It was really difficult to rally with my opponents, but I found out ways of winning the points from them. They played in different ways which made it hard to find their weaknesses. Fortunately, I was able to find it in the warm up session. I was much younger than them but that didn't really bother me. It's a good thing that I have a whole year to practise for the next one. I will train much harder and I shall hope that next time I can play better Hikaru 6M, Boys U13
BISP School is a very nice place with perfect environment and good sport equipment. I really enjoyed playing tennis there. I made new friends. It was fun. My best achievement was when I played 4th match against BISP. I was really happy of the results and of what I aimed to attempt. My second match was a challenging one against the finalist and champion in Girls U13 from Harrow. It was hard but I had great pleasure playing with her. For the next year, I want to practise my mental skills to achieve the best results.
At first, when we went in 2016, we had a very small team, but with a strong mental in our heads. This year, 2017, we got bigger and bigger; and our mental grew stronger and stronger. We all tried very hard, we all did our best, we all had fun and we are all improving to win. Victoria 6P, Girls U13, Runner Up Consolation Round Finale
Thank you for this amazing opportunity. It changed me the way I never expected. I never wanted to improve my tennis skills this badly before. I learned and experienced many new things. We got to see how good the other schools are and how hard they trained. We made a bunch of new friends as well. We learned a lot from this tournament and it made a lot of us want to train harder as a team. This tournament's result also showed how much we improved since last year and we will try our best to train hard and do our best in the years coming. Now 10S, Boys U15, Flames Tennis Squad Captain