The tennis community of Apopka congratulates Angel-Lily Williams and Sal Nathu for winning their divisions in the ApopCup Spring 2023 city title tennis series.
Williams, a 16-year-old homegrown Apopka tennis standout, has been a dedicated student at Tennis Galaxy for nearly a decade. Her hard work and perseverance have paid off splendidly, and her championship triumph as a teen in the women’s division showcased her maturation as an athlete.
“Angel-Lily's understanding of where she is in her development, her emotional resilience, and the fact that she’s coming off her best high school season yet, all contributed to her wins,” said Peter Fazekas, Tennis Galaxy’s owner, and director of coaching. “Her decision-making highlights her growth and potential. She deployed the right tools at the right time.”
Nathu, a 48-year-old Orlando resident, demonstrated an impressive ability to absorb pace from fast and powerful shots of strong opponents.
"By knowing when and how to take speed off the incoming ball, Sal neutralizes many attacks and puts himself in control of the point,” Fazekas said. “How he dispatches the competition is stealthy, somewhat ninja-like.”
The ApopCup is a multi-season series of competitions hosted by Tennis Galaxy, in partnership with the City of Apopka, at the Northwest Recreation Complex. Each season consists of three qualifying matchdays—one Saturday per month for three months—during which 8 to 12 competitors play against different opponents to accrue ranking points. The top four players advance to the final matchday when they play one set against each of the other finalists to determine the season champion.
The ApopCup launched in Fall 2022 with a men's division, which Apopka resident Adam Tobias won. The first women's and the second men’s seasons, both held in Spring 2023, saw the rise to the victory of Williams on May 6 and Nathu on April 15.
“As we await the next season, scheduled for later this year, we anticipate more inspiring matches and the emergence of new talents on the court,” Fazekas said.
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