Matthew John Nel

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October 22, 2001

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About Athlete

My vision and goal are to combine my academic studies and sporting talent. I have the experience and motivation to work hard in both required attributes in order to leave an impact on the college team I represent. I have a positive, energetic spirit and is eager to learn, grow and develop in the field of tennis. I am not afraid of challenges and obstacles and have the resilience to work hard and to bounce back from setbacks in life. I can

describe myself as a humble, hard-working person and believe in “never giving up”. I have sound principles and live it on and of the tennis court. I place high value on good manners, respect,

loyalty and positive team spirit. I believe my best tennis qualities are to outsmart my opponents and winning the mental game in tennis. I am consistent and can perform well during pressure matches.

GPA

High School Grades

Grade 11year marks (terms 1-4 combined):

Mathematics: 82%

Accounting: 77%

Afrikaans (HL): 70%

English (FAL): 74%

Life Orientation: 93%

Economic: 87%

Physics + Chemistry: 84%

Overall average for grade 11: 81%

Championships

Teams & Statistics

Started 2018 ranked 102 in South Africa under 18 and ended the year inside the top 20 in the country.

Best national under 18 ranking in South Africa: 15

Best class of 2019 ranking in South Africa: 9

Both best rankings achieved in March 2019.

Best serve MPH: 120

UTR: 11

In 2018 (grade 11) I achieved the following:

- Achieve half colours for Academics

- Was chosen by Tennis Free State as one of the six players for boys under 19 to participate in the Tennis South Africa Schools week in April 2017 (Free State under 19 A-team). I won all my 6 single games in this tournament, all 6 mix doubles and 5 out of 6 doubles. Our Province came third in this SA Schools tournament.

- Played Gerrie Berner Tennis Tournament for Schools held in Stellenbosch as part of Grey College First Team. Our School came second in this tournament.

- I came third in the Free State Mini 1 for boys under 18

- I won the Eastern Province Cradock Mini 1 in the men’s division

- I won the Eastern Province Cradock Mini 2 in the men’s division

- I played the Growthpoint super 8 in Free State Men’s division. I narrowly lost to ITF ranked 235, Robbie Arendse (7-6 and 6-2) and also came close to beat SA number 4 ranked Chrisjan van Wyk (2-6, 6-2 and 10-7).

- I came 19th in the Junior Nationals Tournament (biggest junior tournament in RSA).

- I played the KZN Coca Cola Grand Prix in Durban and came 5th in the men’s division as a 16 year old. I defeated the number 2 ranked for the tournament, Thembo Makhanya(1-6, 7-6 and 10-8).

- I played the Growthpoint KZN Super 8,ending at position 9(Second largest tournament in RSA, under Nationals). Beating now college tennis player for Seward County Community College, Nyathi Motlojoa , 7-5 4-6 10-7. Tournament was won by Joshua Howard Tripp (Arkansas Razorback) by beating Philip Franken (Tyler Junior College), emphasising how tough this tournament is for a 16 year old and only losing one match in the round of 16.

- I won the Free State Mini Masters for men (regional singles champion)

- Took part in the Free State Senior Closed championship for men. During this competition I managed to defeat the number 3 of the University of the Free State (the number 1 Tennis University in RSA)

More results:

- I played in the Rondebosch Growth point in December 2018. During this competition I managed to defeat ITF ranked 924 and number 15 in the country under 18, Nikolai Hensberg, in straight sets.

 

In 2019 (grade 12) I achieved the following:

- Currently participating in my new club’s (Mundene Tennis Club in Bloemfontein) tennis championship under the category Men’s A league.

- Played the Gerrie Berner Tennis Tournament for Schools in Stellenbosch as part of Grey College First Team. I won my single matches in the semi-final and finals. Our School came second.

- Was chosen to participate for Free State province under 19 in the SA Schools tournament.

- Won the EC NMB Cradock Mini 1 under the Category Men in March 2019 only losing 3 games per match.

- Attended the Johan Kriek Tennis Academy in Florida Palm Beach in March 2019.

- Me and my partner won the Growthpoint Junior Nationals doubles gold division.

-  Northern Cape Mini 2 in Kimberley (10-12 May 2019) |won the men’s section.

 

Awards, press

In 2016 I received a special award for most improved tennis player of the school, I was grade 9 at the time.

Additional sporting info

I started tennis at a very late age of 12. I also played Provincial hockey until grade 9. After grade 9 I started to fully focus on tennis.

What makes you different?

I have a positive, energetic spirit and I am eager to learn, grow and develop in the field of tennis. I am not afraid of challenges and obstacles and have the resilience to work hard and to bounce back from setbacks in life. I can describe myself as a humble, hard-working person and believe in “never giving up.” I have sound principles and live it on and of the tennis court. I place high value on good manners, respect, loyalty and positive team spirit. I believe my best tennis qualities are outsmarting my opponents and winning the mental game in tennis. I am consistent and can perform well during pressure matches.

Why do you want to compete in college?

I believe that college tennis is the foundation for any tennis player who wants to compete at the highest level. It will further help one to make the dream of being a professional tennis player a reality. One of the things that caught my attention in college sports is the privilege to be able to proudly represent your university or college, while they are supporting you every second.

College Goals?

Academically: I want to obtain a degree in industrial engineering

and maybe in sport management.

Sport wise: I want to be on the university or college tennis team every year until I have completed my studies. I want to motivate each and every player on the team to practice even harder in order to achieve higher goals we set for the season.

Anything else we should know?

My longest tennis match lasted 4 hours and 30 minutes, it was postponed several times due to rain. I saved 7 match points

during the match and took my one and only match point I had.

Score: 5-7 7-6 7-6

This shows that I keep on fighting until the last point and the match is not over until the last point is played.

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