Ronald Mataba travelled to Istanbul, Turkey in 2009 to compete in the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Division for his native Rwanda. Ronald’s team were up against; Madagascar, Greece, Turkey, Botswana and Iceland, with the aim to qualify for the next division of the Davis Cup competition. At 15 years and 20 days, Ronald becomes the first and so far, only BETA player to play Davis Cup.
Adam is BETA's first ITF ranked junior
Adam Coyne travelled to Egypt in July 2010 for two ITF U18 junior events with BETA Head Academy Coach Brad Crosher. Adam won his way through to the quarter-finals of the first event in Cairo with hard-fought wins against top players from around Europe.
Anna wins BETA's first International
Anna Popescu began competing internationally in April 2011 and by August of the same year, she had claimed her and BETA’s first international title at a U16 Tennis Europe event held at Halton Tennis Centre in Buckinghamshire. At 14 years old, Anna won the event 2 years younger than most of her competitors.
Link with We Tennis Barcelona
In late 2012, BETA and Sport & Life Services Barcelona joined forces to provide tennis training for each of our players. BETA players have travelled to Barcelona for annual camps and players from Sport & Life have trained at BETA for summer weeks; learning English as well as competing in local tournaments. Sport & Life is now known as We Tennis Barcelona and continues to be a strong partner with BETA.
Joel plays for Great Britain
Joel Pierleoni becames the first player from BETA’s programmes to be selected to play for Great Britain in February 2011. Joel travelled to Paris, France for 10 days where his U11 GB team contested a Davis Cup style tie against their French counterparts before all players competed in an individual tournament. Joel had a great 10 days winning all his matches in the tie before reaching the final of the individual tournament.
Max graduates from College
Max Philips becomes the first BETA player to graduate from an American college, where he was on a tennis scholarship at Northern Illinois University. Max then went on to work with pros at Saddlebrook Tennis Academy in Tamps, Florida, before moving on to Melbourne, Australia where he works with touring professionals.
Rameez/Adil and Conference titles
April 2015 was a very successful month for all involved with BETA. Tennis Director Tyrell Diaz Stevens travelled with ATP pros Rameez Junaid and Adil Shamasdin to Casablanca, Morocco for the ATP 250 event. Rameez and Adil claimed the title and added an ATP title to BETA’s title collection. In the States, former BETA players on scholarships to US College; Adam Coyne, Ronald Mataba and Georgie Gosen led their teams to conference titles in their respective divisions.
Chrissie working for Hawkeye
Former BETA player, Chrissie Hoolahan, newly graduated from a tennis scholarship from Northern Colorado University, begins work at Hawkeye. Hawkeye is the technology that is responsible for the challenge system on the ATP/WTA tours. Chrissie directly works on all the challenges during matches and travels around the world to tennis events.
Joel finishes summer on a high
Joel finishes the summer ranked #10 in Europe and was part of the number 1 doubles team with his partner Jack Pinnington-Jones, going undefeated for the tennis Europe season and winning the European Championships in July. During the summer period, Joel also earned his first U18 ranking with a strong result in an event in Edinburgh. The culmination of Joel’s season was in December in Florida where he competed in the Eddie Herr International and The Junior Orange Bowl. The latter being considered as the junior world championships, where he finished 5th overall in the singles event.
Anna gains her first pro ranking
Anna travelled around Europe and UK competing at the pro level and gained her first professional ranking. This ranking came in doubles, where she finished the season ranked #1090 in the world. During the year she had 4 quarterfinal main draw doubles appearances with various partners and qualified for 2 main draw singles places.