From the 8U county team to the over 35s, catch up on Oxfordshire’s results from the 2016-17 inter-county competition season.
See dates below for the 2017-18 schedule!.
For the most up to date information please check the Oxfordshire section on the LTA website
- Dates: Inter-County and Festival of Tennis
- Report: U9s County Cup - August 2018
- Report: Ladies County Cup - July 2018
- Report: Mens County Cup - July 2018
- Report: U12s Girls County Cup - Junr 2018
- Report: U12s Boys County Cup - June 2018
- Report: U10s Boys County Cup - May 2018
- Report: U10s Girls County Cup - May 2018
- Report: U14s Boys County Cup May 2018
- Report: U14s Girls County Cup May 2018
- Report: Lionel Cox (U9s, U10s, U12s Boys) May 2018
- Report: Lionel Cox (U9s, U10s, U12s Girls) May 2018
- Report: U8s County Cup March 2018
- Report: Boys 18U County Cup 2018
- Report: Girls 18U County Cup 2018
- Report: Ladies Winter County Cup 2017
- Report: Men's Winter County Cup 2017
- Report: Men's Over 35 County Cup
- Report: 9U County Cup
- Report: Men's Aegon Summer County Cup
- Report: Ladies' Aegon Summer County Cup
- Report: Boys 12U County Cup
- Report: Girls 12U County Cup
- Report: Girls 10U County Cup
- Report: Boys 10U County Cup
- Report: 14U Girls County Cup 2017
- Oxfordshire Junior Tennis Festival, August 2017
- Report: County Cup 12th March 2017
- U18 Girls County Cup 25-26 February 2017
- Report: U18 Boys County Cup 24-26 February 2017
Dates: Inter-County and Festival of Tennis
INTER COUNTY COMPETITIONS AND JUNIOR TENNIS FESTIVAL (COUNTY CLOSED)
|23 – 25 February||18U County Cup [B Hull, G Grantham]|
|25 March||East Region Red event [Gosling:G 0930 | B 1400]|
|5 – 7 May||14U County Cup [B N Oxford, G Oxford Sports]|
|5 – 6 May||Lionel Cox (12U, 10U, 9U) [Queenswood]|
|26 – 27 May||10U County Cup [B Thame, G Portsmouth]|
|27 – 28 June||Magdalen College School Tennis Festival [14U B]|
|30 June – 1 July||12U County Cup [B Woking, G N Oxford]|
|23 – 27 July||Summer County Cup (adult) [M Cambridge, L Frinton]|
|3 – 5 August||Ladies’ O35s County Cup [Eastbourne]|
|18 August||9U County Cup [B&G Gosling]|
|24 – 26 August||Men’s O35s County Cup [Eastbourne]|
|26 Aug. – 1 Sept.||JUNIOR TENNIS FESTIVAL (County Closed) N Oxford|
|23 – 25 November||Winter County Cup (adults) [Venue TBA]|
Report: U9s County Cup - August 2018
9U County Cup – Gosling Tennis Centre
Captain: Shola Adebisi (Ade)
Team: Benedek Dilks, Daniel Gifford, Lukas Pocock, Sonia Chiorean, Ella Ramsay, Miriam Aldred.
Oxfordshire is in a box of 5 counties with Hertfordshire, Essex, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Each match consists of 9 rubbers; 3 boys singles, 3 girls singles, boys doubles, girls doubles and one mixed double.
The Players started the day with a tactical warm up to help them keep their focus throughout the day. Parents and I already knew it was going to be a long day for all this young champion from Oxfordshire.
Oxon Vs Hert – 0 – 18
The first match was against Hertfordshire, who, it turned out, were unbeatable throughout the day. The team gave their best but Hertfordshire proved too strong and took all the rubbers.
Oxon Vs Essex – 4 – 14
The team fought against a strong Essex county side with all the matches really close. Daniel won his singles against their number two boy player in the final set and Miriam won her singles match against their number three girl player in straight sets.
Oxon Vs Berkshire – 0 –18
All the matches were again really close. Sonia and Miriam took their matches to final sets and were unlucky to lose.
Oxon Vs Buckinghamshire – 10 – 8
The final rubber in the group was turned into a real fight after the girls watched the boys lose their three singles matches. The girls stepped up to the challenge and the team went on to win boys & girls doubles to take the overall match.
All thanks to Oxfordshire U9 boys & girls players and parents for their time and support. The team finished fourth overall – a great achievement for our county, playing against some of the strongest counties in the UK.
Report: Ladies County Cup - July 2018
Ladies County Cup, July 2018, Frinton
Day 1 – Oxfordshire v Isle Of Man
Oxfordshire got off to a great start with wins from Lucy Brown and partner Alice Atkins as well as Chloe Elliott and her partner Taysie Gujral. It was a close first day and it came down to the final match, however Oxfordshire fought hard to come through with a 5-4 victory.
Day 2 – Oxfordshire v Channel Islands
Day 3 – Oxfordshire v South Of Scotland
On Wednesday Oxfordshire were faced with some tough opponents from the South of Scotland, resulting in some very long matches which were made especially tough in the hot weather. However despite the tough conditions, success came from all three pairs in the team, with sisters Lucy and Annabelle Denly gaining their first win of the week together. Oxfordshire came out on top with another excellent 5-4 win.
Day 4 – Oxfordshire v Cumbria
Day 4 brought success for all team members once again with the help of one of the team’s reserves Ellie Vincent, who partnered up with Taysie to gain two brilliant wins for the team. Facing some of their toughest opponents of the week so far, Oxfordshire really stepped up to the challenge and played some fantastic tennis to beat Cumbria 6-3. A great result.
Day 5 – Oxfordshire v North Of Scotland
The final day of the week saw Oxfordshire battle against the North of Scotland for first and second place, due to both teams being unbeaten. The unbeaten team of Lucy and Alice faced their toughest opponents of the week who were also in the same position. After a very long and close match, Lucy and Alice succumbed to the North of Scotland’s first pair 6-4 in the third set. However, this was the only loss out of twelve matches during County Week for the duo who had never played together before.
Oxfordshire’s second reserve Alex Boardman partnered up with Ellie Vincent and played some great tennis but unfortunately the North of Scotland proved too strong for Oxfordshire this time. Nevertheless after a brilliant week Oxfordshire secured promotion, coming a very respectable second in the group.
Report: Mens County Cup - July 2018
Mens County Cup, July 2018, Cambridge
Team: Jon Maskens CAPT, Joe Cartledge, Nigel Mathews, Jack Rooney, Tom Dyakowski, Harry Brown, Toby Ryan, Daniel Taylor
This year’s county week took place in the beautiful settings of the University of Cambridge’s sports ground. Fantastic grass courts as well as a lovely city.
DAY 1 vs WARWICKSHIRE
Playing against one of the potential promotion hunting teams we knew it would be a tough start to the week. With all pairs battling well, losing some tight sets (one was 11-9 in a tie break ). We ended up losing 8-1, with Joe & Jon picking up the only win.
DAY 2 vs STAFFS
Spirits where high for today’s match knowing this was a potential relegation battle. The team fought hard, losing three third setters, one 7-6 in the final set, ending in a 7-2 defeat.
DAY 3 vs H&W
Knowing we were up against another strong team we mixed some pairs and tried some different formulas hoping our luck would change. After losing two matches again in tight three sets we lost 9-0
DAY 4 vs NOTTS
Again, playing a promotion-chasing very strong team, we mixed our side trying to give our younger team members more experience to this very high level. This ended in a 9-0 loss.
DAY 5 vs DORSET
Our day and with our fate confirmed, we were pulling out all the stops to not be white washed by a team already promoted. They had rested a few players but were still strong. We managed a 5-4 loss with some good tennis and high spirits.
I would like to thank Tennis Oxfordshire for their continued support on all county cups. Thanks also to traveling spectators, Mark Wilkinson, John Bunting & Tony Maskens. Lastly thanks to my team for a good week despite the results. Onwards and upwards for winter county cup in November.
Report: U12s Girls County Cup - Junr 2018
U12 Girls County Cup, June 2018, North Oxford
Team Captain: Josh Crossley
Team: Beatrice Painter, Maria Ustic, Athina Schlepphorst
After a great team warm up, the girls’ first opponents of the weekend were Surrey. Athina went on first and battled hard in both sets but couldn’t quite break her opponent down losing 3-5 2-4. Maria and Bea also had tough matches and lost with both of their opponents having extremely consistent depth and pace behind their shots.
In the doubles, Bea and Maria were finding their feet playing together but the second set was much closer and they narrowly missed out and lost 3-5 in the second set.
Our next match against Buckinghamshire turned out to be a great contest on court from all three of our girls. Athina started the fixture with a very strong mental match against an opponent who was very up and down. Athina kept her cool and proved too strong, winning 5-3 4-1. Maria also kept mentally strong, even though the 4-0 4-0 score didn’t reflect how she played during the match. Each point was played with conviction but her opponent was extremely clinical. Bea played a fantastic match which would end up being the best match of the weekend for her. She was aggressive but still used variety to confuse her opponent. Unfortunately she lost 0-4 0-4 but she should be extremely pleased with how she represented herself in this match. This time Maria and Athina played doubles together and worked well as a pair. They have had previous experience with each other so they knew each other’s game style and ways to help energise their partner. They lost to a very strong Buckinghamshire doubles pair who were very big hitters.
Day 2 and first up we had to play against Hertfordshire. Athina was on court first again and took a little while to warm up. She lost the first set 1-4 but came back fighting in the second set, just losing out 3-5. Maria had a very fast, powerful left-handed opponent who she asked lots of questions of but her opponents strength and control around the court was too much.
Bea came on court with a slight niggle in her back. However, she dug in and tried to play her best tennis. The rallies were long but her opponent did just enough to manoeuvre Bea around the court.
In the doubles Athina and Maria played together again. They started strong and got a small lead but their opponents played some superb doubles which overcame our pair, 2-4 0-4.
The last match of the day was up against Berkshire. We knew this would be a close match but we got our first win through Athina who had a brilliant tactical match and her opponent didn’t know how to deal with Athina’s variety. Maria also played a smart tactical match but stayed very focused. She had a game plan which she followed and was too powerful for her opponent. Bea played another brilliant match. Her opponent who is renowned for hitting big from the baseline was struggling with Bea’s play and she got an early lead. Unfortunately, Bea’s opponent managed to create some good chances and took the match, 2-4 1-4. This meant it was down to the doubles.
Maria and Athina played a brilliant first set, cruising to a 4-1 scoreline. Our opponents switched it up though and made it very difficult for our pair with some extremely tough low volleys. We lost the second set in a tie break which meant it came down to a 10-point tie break. Maria and Athina took an early lead which meant we carried the momentum throughout the tie break. Their opponents tried to go for some big shots which meant out girls were able to capitalise on some cheap points, taking the third set tie break to beat Berkshire!
Report: U12s Boys County Cup - June 2018
U12 Boys County Cup, June 2018, Woking
Captain: Tom Francis
Squad: Bobby Hornby, Arthur Manson, Jack Veal, Simon Davies
Our boys arrived at Woking Lawn Tennis club to be greeted by a lovely club in the suburbs of Surrey. A choice of grass, clay and hard courts was on offer. Much to the boys’ disappointment the tournament would be played on the hard courts. Our boys were looking forward to sliding around on the clay courts!
Over the course of the weekend we had to play Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. We felt confident off the back of a very successful Lionel Cox, a few weeks earlier, when we managed to beat Hertfordshire 3-0.
Day 1 saw us drawn against a strong Surrey side on their home turf. With the format of 3 singles and 1 doubles, we had to win 1 singles to ensure the tie was still live going into the doubles later in the day. Our 3 singles were Bobby, Arthur and Jack. The team traded well and at times hurt their opponents with some clever tennis but despite their best efforts we found ourselves 3-0 down. Simon and Jack were picked for the doubles and should be proud of their efforts, particularly in the second set. 4-0 Surrey.
Next up was Buckinghamshire. The boys knew the team very well. At number one they have Josh Oakley who probably has some of the best defensive skills in the country for his age group. Bobby threw the kitchen sink at Josh and against any other player the point would have been won. Arthur played Fraser and looked in control for the whole match. He cruised to victory 4-1 4-2 to level the tie at 1-1. Jack played at number three and had an incredibly tight first set which would prove pivotal eventually losing on a tie break. Bucks took the match to take a 2-1 lead.
Bobby and Arthur played the doubles and played some smart tennis at crucial points. With the sudden death deuce doubles, the boys planned their points well and then executed at the correct point. This is something we need to continue to drill in practice and work on a philosophy on how to play the ‘big’ points. 2-2. Manson and Hornby teamed up again and continued their form in the shoot out. A Win for Oxon against Bucks.
First up on day 2 was Hertfordshire. Our boys were confident they could compete well and get a win after their success at Lionel Cox.
Jack was on court first against their number 3. The Hertfordshire player came out of the blocks very quickly and ran away with the first set. Jack refocused and the second set was much closer in terms of points won/lost. Once Jack had reorganised his emotions he began to change his tactics and compete in every rally. 1-0 Herts.
Arthur played his old adversary, Theo, at number 2 – a tricky left handed player with a huge determination and hunger to win. Arthur mixed things up more in the second set but Theo was in a confident mood. 2-0 Herts
Bobby at number one had beaten Freddie a few weeks earlier on the clay courts of Queenswood School. The first set went to Herts 4-1. Bobby made a higher % of first serves in the second set which made a difference. The second set was closer but Herts were victorious 5-3. Simon and Jack played the doubles and had some great rallies and hit some impressive angles on the court but we also lost this one. 4-0 Herts.
Our last match was against local rivals Berkshire. Bobby and Arthur at number 1 and 2 carved out good wins against their respective numbers. Both boys played so much better than in their previous matches. Arthur won 4-1 4-2 and Bobby won 4-0 4-2 giving Oxfordshire a 2-0 lead. Simon played at number 3 singles and had an incredibly close match against their number 3 player which went all the way to a match tie break. Simon, unfortunately came off second best. Bobby & Arthur teamed up in the doubles and carried on their dominant form. There were about half a dozen sudden death deuces and we won almost all of them. We marched to victory with a convincing 4-2 4-0 win. 3-1 win for Oxfordshire.
A big thank you must go to the parents who supported throughout the weekend and to Woking Tennis club for allowing us to play in such a great setting. Well done to all the boys who made a great team spirit and supported each other over the weekend.
Report: U10s Boys County Cup - May 2018
U10 Boys County Cup, May 2018, Thame
Team: Seth Carlisle, Matt Gabriel, Kiyan Khonsari
The U10 boys had a tough group of Hertfordshire, Surrey, Bucks & Berks.
First opponents were Surrey, who were really strong. Although outplayed, all the team showed a great attitude.
Next up were Buckinghamshire who also had a strong team. Kiyan & Matt showed good fighting spirit, managing to force second set tie-breaks, even though the tie breaks didn’t go their way, the boys were taking on information well and trying to apply it. Matt and Seth then showed great teamwork to beat Bucks in the doubles. Both boys supported each other throughout, showing good mental skills which they then applied in the singles to follow with great effect. 3-1 loss to Bucks.
With poor weather forecast for Sunday we played another round of singles on Saturday against Hertfordshire. Both Matt & Kiyan took more time when needed, remained calmer and as a result were able to compete to the end. Seth lost 5-4, 4-2 to another very strong player and Matt 4-0 5-3 – with both putting in their best singles performances so far. Kiyan continued to compete well and use the skills he had, losing a hard fought match 4-1 5-4.
Sunday started with singles against Berkshire. Kiyan & Matt lost to some very strong opponents. Seth continued his improvement, putting in a good performance to win. 2-1 down after singles, Seth and Matt played the doubles again, working well together to remain positive, allowing themselves to compete for every point. The game went into a match shoot-out. We went with Seth and Matt who took on a different Berkshire team. Oxfordshire stormed to a 7-0 lead going on to win 10-4. Oxfordshire beat Berkshire to seal 4th place in the group!
To end with, Seth and Kiyan teamed up to take on a strong Hertfordshire pair. The boys managed to take the first set 4-0, only to be pegged back and lose the match tie-break. Hertfordshire beat Oxfordshire 4-0.
Overall the boys competed better on the doubles court, winning two out of the four matches and a match shoot-out. The boys improved throughout the weekend which was encouraging for all.
Report: U10s Girls County Cup - May 2018
U10 Girls County Cup, May 2018, Portsmouth
Team: Juliette Pinner, Iris Saville, Ottelia Tetley, Darcey Trotman
Oxfordshire V Surrey
The girls started against the strongest county in the group, Surrey – and the overall winner of the county cup. Iris, Darcey and Ottelia, lost the three singles but played well and showed great attitude on the court. Surrey also proved too strong in the doubles.
Result: 0 – 4
Oxfordshire V Buckinghamshire
Juliette came on strong against Buckinghamshire with a great win with Darcey also winning. Iris kept her nerves and fought from behind to beat the Buckinghamshire No1 (10-7) in the third set to take all three singles. In the Iris and Darcey proved too strong for the Buckinghamshire girls and brought the result to 4-0. The result was a perfect to end day one.
Result 4 – 0
Oxfordshire Vs Hertfordshire
Day two started against Hertfordshire. Juliette and Darcey made their opponents work for every point, but they lost the two singles. Iris played a tight three sets with the Hertfordshire number one but the match ended 13-11 for Hertfordshire. Juliette and Ottelia played extremely well to beat Hertfordshire’s numbers one and two in the doubles.
Oxfordshire Vs Berkshire
Our last match was against Berkshire. Ottelia picked up our first win of the day and the other two singles matches were won by Darcey and Iris. At the end of the tournament the Berkshire girls won the doubles match. However, our girls did incredibly well to have rounded up the matches with 3-0 in the singles.
It was a fantastic weekend of tennis and great performances from the girls that resulted in them coming third out of five county teams.
Report: U14s Boys County Cup May 2018
U14 Boys County Cup, 5 – 7 May 2018
The Boys 14&U Oxfordshire County Team consisted of: Christian Yeates, Aiden Casey, Xavier Mohindra, Rafferty Read, Seb Muller and Felipe Stervid.
The tournament was played at North Oxford Tennis Club with Oxfordshire in a group with Hampshire & Isle of Wight and Berkshire. Surrey, Somerset and Buckinghamshire would compete in the other half of the group. Oxfordshire had a very difficult group with Hampshire & IOW up first. Their lowest ranked player at 101 in the UK was ranked higher than our number 1 at 122. Oxfordshire battled well in some very warm conditions but came out on the wrong side of a 5-1 defeat.
Day 2 would see a rematch against Berkshire from the year previously. This would be a tough match as Berkshire delivered a 6-0 demolition job to Oxfordshire team 2017 and the teams included many of the same players. A quick start saw Oxfordshire fly into a 2-0 lead with wins from Seb Muller and Xav Mohindra. Seb Muller dug very deep in the hottest part of the weekend finding a way through in a tight three setter and Xav Mohnidra delivered a clinical tactical display from 4-1 down in set 1, forcing his opponent to hit backhand after backhand to eventually win the match in straight sets.
Berkshire fired back quickly with two swift wins at 1&2. This was expected with the lofty rankings of the top Berkshire players. It came down to the doubles. The Oxfordshire boys started excellently securing the first sets in both matches. Rafferty Read & Christian Yeates played some high level doubles against boys with very high singles rankings. Aiden Casey and Felipe Stervid delivered a sharp performance to win comfortably in straight sets, showing great volleying and interception skills. The Berkshire pair fought back quickly at Pair 1 as we knew they would and ran out winners in a tight third set tie break. It was shootout time. Oxfordshire selected Aiden Casey & Christian Yeates to take on an experienced doubles pair in Gregor Webster and Alex Okonkwo from Berkshire. Oxfordshire succeeded in reversing the result from 2017 with a 4-3 win over their rivals. A brilliant performance highlighting the improvements made over the past year!
The final day would see Oxfordshire take on Buckinghamshire in a play-off for third place. It was another tight affair that went almost exactly the same way as the day before. Oxfordshire went 2-0 up with wins from Seb Muller and Xav Mohnidra. The match was quickly tied at 2-2 as Bucks fought back. Aiden Casey & Felipe Stervid made it 3/3 for the week on the doubles court as Oxfordshire went 3-2 ahead. The final rubber was an extremely tight affair – Oxfordshire squandered a match point for the tie and eventually lost in a match tie break. It was shootout time again. The boys were tired after three long days of tennis in extreme heat. Aiden Casey and Xavier Mohindra played the shootout this time round against a very solid Bucks pair who got away from the Oxfordshire boys quickly with a 10-4 loss.
The Oxfordshire boys had competed superbly well in all three matches across the weekend and all should be very proud of their performances. It was great to see the improvements in the play from the year previously and to see all of our boys competing and winning matches against some of the best players in the UK. The boys developed match by match and listened to the tactical advice given. They wore the Oxfordshire shirt with pride and represented the county in an excellent manner.
Report: U14s Girls County Cup May 2018
U14 Girls County Cup, 5 – 7 May 2018
Our first match against Shropshire started with very tough singles matches – Hannah *4 and Susanna *2, playing three setters that lasted a long time in the heat. Chloe *1 started with a great win to finish the singles 3-1 down.
Going into the doubles saw our girls win and lose one with Chloe and Hannah winning quite easily 6-2 6-3 with Michaela and Susanna losing a tough match.
After the loss to Shropshire, the girls played North Wales, keeping the same doubles partnerships. However, after the tough morning the girls were well and truly wiped out.
Sunday was an early start which saw us 2-0 down in the singles. We saw Michaela and Chloe winning to bring us back to 2-2, both involved in great matches. It was a tough match for Susanna whose opponent proved too strong for her while Hannah lost a very close 6-4 6-4 in a match which could have gone either way. We finished with a 4-2 loss, leaving us to fight for 5/6th place on Monday.
Monday was a very hot day. Playing Northamptonshire, Michaela and Chloe won both singles, making Chloe undefeated at Number 1 Singles – a great effort. The other two lost in straight sets with the weather taking its toll on the girls. Unluckily, we lost both doubles too.
Losing 4-2 put us 6 out of 6, with defeats of 4 -2 in each of the three days. The girls learned a lot so will be back stronger next year.
Team: Chloe Elliott, Susanna Wright. Michaela Shakespeare, Hannah Denly
Report: Lionel Cox (U9s, U10s, U12s Boys) May 2018
Lionel Cox Report 2018
Our boys arrived at Queenswood girls school, Hertfordshire on a very hot weekend. On paper this is always a tough weekend, competing against the likes of Essex and Hertfordshire who historically have battled it out to lift the Lionel Cox Trophy.
9 & Under Boys: Benedek Dilks, Blake Hunter,Thomas Gibbs
Our 9u boys, playing on low bouncing astro courts, were drawn in box A against Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Norfolk and Northamptonshire. Our first match saw us compete against local rivals Berkshire. Despite some close matches we lost this one 3-0. Up second was Northamptonshire; Benedek had a really competitive, closely fought game but eventually lost 10-8 9-7. Blake managed a superb win at number 2, beating his opponent 7-1 8-6 and Thomas had an epic match, playing far longer than the other two matches, Eventually losing 8-6 7-5 7-2.
Our third qualification match was against Norfolk. Our boys didn’t know much about the opposition. We narrowly lost this one 2-1. A win coming from Thomas 5-7 7-5 7-5.
We then played Buckinghamshire in our last playoff match. Benedek lost 7-3 7-4, Blake won his match 7-5 7-3 and Thomas lost 7-1 10-8. Of the five matches played in the day we lost three of them 2-1 in rubbers – a few points here and there and that could have been a reversed score line.
The boys can be proud of the way they approached the event.
10 & Under Boys: IIgnas Grusnius, Seth Carlisle, Matt Gabriel
Our 10u team started their campaign drawn in box B against Cambridgeshire, Herts, Bedfordshire and Berkshire. We started against a very strong Cambridgeshire team where Ignus at number 1 constructed a great win 4-2 4-2. Seth and Matt both had long gruelling rallies but lost out in their respective matches.
Next up was Berkshire. Ignus at number 1 won 4-1 4-1, Seth won his match 4-1 Ret and Matt had a tricky encounter with their number three, losing out 4-1 4-2. A 2-1 win against the local rivals went down well with our supporters!
Herts were next and we knew this would be a very tough match. Our boys competed really well in the heat. All three matches were over 45 minutes long with Ignus getting our win but the other two boys lost in incredibly tight matches. Seth lost 5-4(2) 4-0 and Matt was very unlucky, losing out in a match tie break!
Our next match was Bedfordshire – all three boys won their matches. Ignus won 4-1 4-2 , Seth won 5-3 4-0 and Matt won 2-4 4-2 and won the tie break! A great 3-0 win for the team would mean we finished third in our box and would play for 5/6th place. We met Buckinghamshire in this match and all three of the boys played really well, with high percentage serves and very few unforced errors. We won 3-0, only dropping 2 games in three matches! A great 5th place finish for our team.
12 & Under Boys: Bobby Hornby, Arthur Manson, Jack Veal
On paper our 12 u team on paper was strong, with two of our players playing in this event last year. Our number 3 player this year was Jack Veal.
Our boys were drawn in box A against Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire & Suffolk. We played two matches on the Saturday (against Cambridgeshire and Suffolk). Our boys played some inspired tennis storming to a 3-0 win against Cambridgeshire and 2-1 against Suffolk – wins coming from Bobby & Arthur.
Day 2 saw us play Bucks in an early morning start. Bobby won convincingly at number one, Jack cruised to victory without dropping a game and Arthur dug out a great win 4-2 4-5(3) 10-7 – was this to be an omen for the day – Arthur’s tense matches?
Up next was Hertfordshire, probably the most feared opponents. We knew we had to win this game and this would give us a chance of competing in the final for gold or silver medals. Jack came up against a very tough opponent and despite some great work from the back of the court, he went down 0-4 2-4. Bobby played some exciting tennis, dominating the backhand cross court rallies. He won 4-1 4-1 against a very good opponent. Arthur knew it was down to him.
Arthur lost the first set on a tie break (4) but turned things around to play some great tennis, winning the second set 4-1. It was down to a shootout… Arthur was razor sharp and played a very intelligent match tie break, taking it all in his stride winning 10-1. This would mean Oxfordshire were guaranteed a silver medal at least!
Finishing top of the table meant we would play Northamptonshire in the final. The boys were on the show courts with our girls supporting when they were not playing at the same time. Jack was on court first and took a commanding lead in the first set and converted his dominance to take it 4-1. The next set for Jack, playing the level of tennis he did, was a formality.
Bobby came up against the Northampton number one who was a hard hitting player who grinded it out from the back of the court. His opponent didn’t seem to make any errors. The score line was now 1-1. All down to Mr Manson….
Arthur lost the first set 4-2 so was going to have to do it the hard way. His problem solving on the tennis court and understanding of how to win the point is a pleasure to watch (not so much for his mum who didn’t have any nails left after the match!). Arthur won the second set 5-3 to take it down to a shootout. This was definitely one of the most nerve wracking match tie breaks for a long time!
Arthur, having a couple of match points had one more at 9-8 and to the relief of all Oxfordshire parents, players and coaches he overcame the tactics of his opponent to win the match, tie and gold medal for our team. A fantastic team effort all weekend from everyone. The first time an Oxfordshire team has won gold at the Lionel Cox event!
Thank you to all the parents for their support throughout the weekend.
Report: Lionel Cox (U9s, U10s, U12s Girls) May 2018
Girls – Lionel Cox Report, 2018
9 & Under Girls: Sonia Chiorean, Miriam Aldred, Sophie Hale
The 9 and under girls competed on a hot Sunday afternoon at Lionel Cox, with the temperature by mid-afternoon well into the mid-twenties. The matches for the girls were always going to be tough. The team was in a group with Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Bucks and Suffolk. The girls battled extremely well beating Bucks in the group, and, on count back with sets in other matches, managed to get third in their group which meant they were playing for 5th and 6th against Northamptonshire. The girls battled fantastically; Sonia was up against a strong number 1 and Miriam and Sophie both took a set from their opponents. Unfortunately we just fell short of a top half finish but a fantastic 6th place none the less! Big mention to Miriam who on such a hot day, loved playing tennis so much she went to three sets in four out of her five matches!
10 and Under: Darcey Trotman, Ottelia Tetley, Louise Hodgkinson.
Up first for the under 10 girls was Suffolk which the girls lost 2 -1. However, undeterred, the girls battled back to finish day one on a high, winning 2 – 1 against Northamptonshire. Day two began against one of the favourites, Essex, which proved, on occasion, a bit too tough – followed by Berkshire who emerged victorious. The girls’ last match was against Norfolk and they felt they had a point to prove. Darcey got us off to a winning start winning a tight first set and then cruising the second set, while Ottelia battled fantastically to fight back from losing the first set to love, to come back and win the next two sets brilliantly. Louise remained solid and consistent in her match, resulting in the girls finishing with a win, and a 9th place finish.
12 & Under : Bea Painter, Athina Schlepphorst, and Iris Saville
The under 12 girls played Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire on day one, on the clay. Both counties proved tough opponents and would go on to prove this by finishing first and second in the group. However the girls all played tactically smart tennis and felt upbeat going into Day 2. Sunday began with Berkshire followed by Suffolk, the girls again playing some very tactical tennis against their opponents, but luck wasn’t quite with them on this occasion and their opponents played the surface slightly better, losing to Berkshire 1 – 2, and Suffolk 0 – 3. At the end of the day it was all to play for against Bedfordshire, with the girls re adjusting tactics to suit their opponents, Bea went extremely close in her singles, narrowly being edged out in two tight sets. Athina went the distance with somewhat of a nail-biter in hers, winning 11 – 9 in the third set match tie break. Iris proved playing up an age category didn’t phase her and she eased her way to a straight sets victory without dropping a game.
Report: U8s County Cup March 2018
Under 8s County Cup Report
Both the girls and boys U8s equitted themselves well in a strong inter county event held at Gosling on 25 March.
The girls kicked off early against eventual second place finishers, Cambridgeshire. The team, (Sonia Chiorean, Maria Grigorieva, Emily Hill, Julia Baron and Niahm Rogan) had a tough task with Honey unfortunately pulling out the night before.
Despite starting with a 6-0 loss vs Cambridgeshire, Sonia picked up an impressive win vs the number one of Essex. The team quickly moved on from the loss, drawing with Suffolk 3-3 with Emily, Julia and Niamh picking up wins before finally losing out against Northamptonshire to complete the group stage.
The team moved in to the elimination stages, drawing 3-3 vs Buckinghamshire before a 5-1 defeat to Berkshire, Emily winning 10-9!
The girls showed great team spirit, remaining balanced throughout and supporting one another.
A quick granola break and we moved into the afternoon with the boys. The team was made up of Thomas Gibbs, Valentin Marlin, Oliver Beard, Charlie Esiri, Elliott Large and Alex Querault.
Alex picked up an early victory vs Northants before losing out to overall second placed, Essex. The boys quickly moved on, drawing vs Norfolk with Valentin, Elliot and Alex completing some close victories! A defeat to Cambridgeshire completed the group stage before a draw vs Bedfordshire with Valentin winning 10-5 and Charlie and Elliot both overcoming their opposition 10-8.
The boys capped a fun day, played in great spirit and with some impressive tennis on show from all the team. The competition proved a great experience for the players that will hold them in good stead for future tournaments.
Report: Boys 18U County Cup 2018
UNDER 18s BOYS COUNTY CUP – HULL 2018, DIVISION 5B
The boys team left for Hull on Thursday 22 Feb full of anticipation for the weekend’s tennis ahead. The team was: Louis Manson, Guy Mobey, Ed Green, Sam Christie, Ollie Broadhurst, George Slater, Ned Batstone and Harrison Ridge – all looking forward to improving on last year’s relegation from a tough division 4B. Captained by Jon Maskens & Josh Crossley, sprits were high.
DAY ONE vs AVON 5-4 WIN
Day one started with what we thought might be the toughest team on paper. It turned out they were missing a couple of players which was noticed early by the boys. After some impressive singles performances with Ned winning in three tight sets , Harrison winning very comfortably as well as Ed, we went into the doubles 3-3 knowing two doubles wins would be enough. As these matches tend to, they went to match tie breaks in the first two doubles, winning one and losing one, meaning the match was all on the last doubles. Guy & Louie provided a great example of a pair working together well, having both lost to the opposing players in singles. They beat them in two tight sets, 7-5 7-6 to win the match for us.
DAY TWO vs SHROPSHIRE 3-6 loss
Shropshire lost on the first day and we were ruthless in the first three matches, racing to 3-0, with Ned, Sam & Harrison winning in straight sets. Unfortunately we couldn’t follow this up in the top three singles, losing all in straight sets. Once again we went into the doubles 3-3, with two of the matches going into tie breaks after being a set up in each. Dan even had match points on one match. We were not as lucky today and ended up losing all three doubles. Bitterly disappointing, but knowing promotion was no longer an option, our thoughts turned to saving relegation and a hunt for second place.
DAY THREE vs DURHAM & CLEVELAND 2-7 lOSS
Knowing that D&C were needing a win for promotion and had beaten both Shropshire & Avon (the latter 9-0), we were looking for rubbers to save relegation. This started well as it had done all weekend with Harrison winning another easy singles. Unfortunately the rest of the team were beaten by better opponent,s especially the top three singles players for D&C who were very strong. Working out the maths, we needed one doubles victory to save relegation and that’s exactly what Ollie & Ed did – winning 6-3 & 6-4 in an impressive doubles display.
Overall the weekend was a great experience for the boys who proved numerous times they could beat layers at doubles who they had lost to in singles. We saved ourselves from relegation and will look for promotion next year. Many thanks goes to all the boys who played and supported each other so well. Special mention to Harrison and Ed as it’s their last year in junior tennis. Good luck in your tennis journey. Also thanks goes to Andrew & Sandra Broadhurst as well as Chris & Arthur Manson for coming along to support – Hull isn’t exactly round the corner!
Lastly, thanks must go Tennis Oxfordshire for their continued financial support – as well as for our kit.
Jon Maskens & Josh Crossley
Report: Girls 18U County Cup 2018
Girls U18 County Cup – 23rd – 25th February
Day 1 v Lincolnshire. Our girls tried their best but Chloe won the only point for our team. Lincolnshire had very hard hitting players and it was difficult to compete.
Day 2 v Durham & Cleveland – the eventual winner of our division. We lost 2-7 with Chloe winning her singles in a very tight three set match and also winning her doubles, paired up with Taysie.
Day 3 v Devon. Both teams had suffered two day losses so it was a match to determine who would stay in the division. We had a great start, leading 2-0 with Annabelle and Hannah winning their singles , both in three sets, but then lost all the other singles. With our third doubles pair losing their match, the final result was 2-5 .
It was a great weekend. We had lots of fun and fantastic teamwork from all our players. We are ready to get promoted next year.
Chloe Elliott, Kyla Haslet Hawkins, Lara Frank, Taysie Gujral, Alice Wilkinson, Evie Phillips, Annabelle Denly, Alex Boardman, Hannah Craig
Report: Ladies Winter County Cup 2017
Ladies Winter County Cup 24 – 26th November 2017
Day 1 – Oxfordshire Vs Channel Islands
Oxfordshire got off to a great start against the Channel Islands with singles wins from Ellie Vincent, Sophie Marriott, Ariadne Katsoulis, Alice Atkins and captain Lucy Brown. Oxfordshire’s Nadine Steward had a tough opening singles match. However, three wins in doubles gained Oxfordshire a straight forward 8-1 win.
Day 2 – Oxfordshire Vs Isle of Man
The team had another great day with the addition of Ruby Grant who had a singles victory in three hard fought sets and a doubles win with Ellie Vincent. Four singles wins and two doubles gave Oxfordshire a satisfying 7-2 victory.
Day 3 – Oxfordshire Vs East of Scotland
Day three was always going to be the hardest battle and this proved to be the case. Singles victories came from Lucy Brown and Alice Atkins, along with some tough close matches from the rest of the team. Unfortunately the East of Scotland proved too strong on the day and Oxfordshire failed to gain promotion with a 6-3 loss.
Report: Men's Winter County Cup 2017
Mens Winter County Cup 2017 – Grantham
Our men’s side once again set up for what looked to be a tough weekend’s tennis. Despite missing Brad Marriott & Seb Rey (university in America ) and Alexis Canter playing in Israel, the team travelled in high spirits.
DAY 1 vs Leicestershire
A crunch match – more so with some recent history between the two sides with both of us relegating each other in previous years. All started well with Jack picking up the opening singles win. This was followed by Ben and Jon who picked up routine wins. Nigel, Tom & Cameron came second best in straight sets to strong opponents. 3-3 after singles. All down to the doubles. The formidable partnership of Ben & Jon won a tough two sets with some classic tactical doubles. Tom & Harry where outclassed by a strong first pair so it all was down to Jack and Joe. They fought well, losing the first set to battle through to a third set match tiebreak, unfortunately losing 10-3.
DAY 2 vs Northamptonshire
Still full of optimism and a slight change of team for singles. Joe kicked off the day well with possibly one of the longest singles matches in his life! This was once agin followed by solid wins from Ben & Jon, both winning in straight sets. Tom joined in, winning in straight sets. Cameron and Jack were brushed away by formidable opponents. 4-2 up, leading into the doubles. Once again Ben & Jon won convincingly with Joe & Nigel teaming up to win in a match tiebreak. Harry & Tom once again got beaten by a strong first pair.
Day 3 vs Shropshire
Arguably the strongest team in singles but possibly not in doubles. With results going our way we could still get promotion. It was to be a long and painful day for Oxfordshire tennis. It started with Joe losing two tight sets after serving for the second set which was then followed by Jack losing in three sets after having three match points. 2-0 down. Nigel & Ben both unfortunately lost in tight third set battles in over 2.5 hours. When Jon & Cameron go on court the score is 4-0 down. Jon lost in two tight sets including a long tie break and Cameron lost 7-6 in the third set after 3 hours and 40 mins. Having already nominated the doubles, thinking we would need more than one rubber, we split all our pairs to try and gain three doubles. This resulted in Joe & Nigel losing in a third set match tiebreak, Ben & Harry losing 7-5 7-6 and Jon and Cameron losing 6-4 7-6.
The longest day I have ever played at county cup, personally finishing at 8.30pm. We can’t say we didn’t fight all day but luck was not with us.
It’s a shame to get demoted by one rubber – but having been promoted by one set previously, it’s the way the county cup goes.
I would like to thank all my team: Ben Calnan, Joe Cartledge, Nigel Mathews, Jack Rooney, Cameron Price, Tom Dyakoski and Harry Brown.
Also thanks goes to Tennis Oxfordshire for the continual support from practice balls, courts, kit and hotels.
If any player is interested in putting themselves or another player forward for a trial for the team then please contact me.
Report: Men's Over 35 County Cup
With the weather forecast set fair and the courts fit for play from early on – despite practice being called off on Thursday evening – and looking truly magnificent the Oxfordshire team were cautiously optimistic as play commenced on Friday morning against Northamptonshire. Debutant Tom Bowden got the team off to a fantastic start with a maiden victory in a Champs Tie-Break after being a set down and in trouble early on against a tricky left-hander. Stalwart pair Paul Butcher and Christian Petersen overcame a rusty start to record a straight set victory and number one singles player Tom Greenland delivered once again to bring the team home 3-0. These rubbers were to prove vital as every match counted in this new shortened format (which should revert to the normal 5 matches in 2018).
Day 2 followed a similar pattern – at least until the weather intervened… Tom Bowden was warming to his task as Number 2 singles player and overcoming a 5-1 second set deficit to record a straight sets win – which was most distracting to watch for the captain and his doubles partner Paul Butcher playing on the next court! They managed to overcome an early break of serve to force a tie-break which was won 12-10 with several set points saved. Having swapped breaks at the start of the second set, and with Tom Greenland set to start his rubber on the next court a huge thunder storm broke out, and… that was that for the day. Under the rules this meant we had won the match 1-0 on rubbers. A bit odd and it was felt we could have completed the next day but rules are rules and for once we benefitted although the lack of tennis was most frustrating.
What this meant was that on Day 3 we needed a single rubber against Avon to confirm promotion. As we were playing on Centre Court for the first time there was a real buzz amongst everyone. This was achieved when Christian Petersen – able to play singles due to the many hours being looked after by the ATP/WTA Tour physios laid on by the tournament (and used extensively by all five of the team!) – won the first match of the day in straight sets. This became a vital win as Phil Waller and Paul Butcher lost an enthralling doubles 14-12 in a Champions Tie-Break and then Tom Greenland lost another entertaining match in a very close Champs Tie-Break to an inspired opponent.
Overall a good weekend’s tennis and performance and a well-deserved promotion for the team. We look forward to further progression in 2018! My thanks to all of the players who represented the county in Eastbourne.
Team: Christian Peterson, Phil Waller, Tom Bowden, Paul Butcher, and Tom Greenland.
Report: 9U County Cup
The Oxfordshire 9U team consisting of Seth Carlisle, Kiyan Khonsari, Rohan Sivanendra, Iris Saville, Darcey Trotman & Ottelia Tetley took part in the 9U County Cup Event at Gosling Tennis Centre on Saturday 19th August 2017.
The team had a warm up session, kindly arranged by Neil Shirley (Father of Luca Shirley), the day before the event which had clearly allowed the team to bond well. Unfortunately, Luca Shirley, who was initially selected in the team came down with a late virus and Rohan Sivanendra stepped up at short notice to play. The warm up day allowed for tactical and technical advice to be given to the team and was coached by Assistant Captain, Dan Taylor.
The team would be captained by David Tuck and assisted by Dan Taylor. Oxfordshire were located in a difficult group with Hertfordshire, Essex, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Each match would consist of 9 rubbers; 3 boys singles, 3 girls singles, a mixed doubles, boys doubles and girls doubles. All singles matches would be completed first, prior to the doubles.
The day is always a long day for 9U players and provides challenges for all players, parents and coaches throughout the day. The team were advised to put real effort into concentration and focus in every match while trying to stay well fuelled and hydrated during the event.
The team put in some fantastic performances throughout the day and battled hard in every match. Oxfordshire definitely spent the most time on the court during the event competing in lots of three set matches. It seemed every singles match was going the distance. Oxfordshire tended to come out on the wrong side of these against Hertfordshire and Essex who had some of the best players in the UK within their teams. These players were very solid on the key points and tactically aware. However, the deciding sets were going our way in the matches against Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.
After the singles Oxfordshire were 10-2 down against Hertfordshire and Essex, 6-6 against Buckinghamshire and 8-4 up against Berkshire. Third place was up for grabs which would be the best finish for several years at this age group for Oxfordshire.
A team meeting would commence prior to the doubles, explaining the format as well as the main tactic. The team were asked to take on the volleyer as much as possible on the doubles court, as it is well known even the best players can struggle around the net at this age.
The team performed superbly well in the doubles and executed the tactic well. The final match results ended up as follows:
- Oxfordshire 2-16 Hertfordshire
- Oxfordshire 2-16 Essex
- Oxfordshire 10-8 Buckinghamshire
- Oxfordshire 12-6 Berkshire
The team would finish 3rd overall. A huge achievement for such a small county playing against some of the strongest counties in the UK. The team improved match by match and hopefully got a lot out of the day.
Well done Oxfordshire 9Us!!
Dave Tuck, Team Captain
Report: Men's Aegon Summer County Cup
This year’s Men’s County Cup was placed in the lovely venue of West worthing LTC. Luckily for us, having such nice club and having indoor courts meant we were able to actually have a hit on Sunday evening – unlike at most of the other venues across the county due to the wet weather!
Day one vs Northamptonshire
Knowing we were a weaker team than last year, we were looking at Northamptonshire – who were promoted last year from group 5 – as being a potential relegation battle on the first day. The day started well with Joe and Jon winning their first match in less than 40 minutes. The other pairs proved a sterner test for us: we eventually lost the day 5-4 afterJoe and Jon lost 7-5 7-5 to their number one pair which in the deciding match of the day.
Result 4-5 loss
Joe & Jon 2 wins
Nigel & Harry 1 win
Ben & Jack 1 win
Day Two vs Buckinghamshire
This match was always going to be a tough match for us: with three very strong pairs, Bucks raced to a 7-2 win; the only pair picking up any rubbers for Oxfordshire being Jack & Ben. The main positive of the day being the great BBQ out by the club that evening. Onwards and upwards for the next day.
Result 2-7 loss
Joe & Jon 0 wins
Nigel & Harry 0 wins
Ben & Jack 2 wins
Day three vs Berkshire
With rain forecasted for the entire day the decision was taken to go indoors, meaning the Cup went from having 9 courts in total to 3. Jack and Harry lost 6-4, 6-0 to the third pair; Joe & Toby played well against a tough first pair, and Jon & Ben fought well to win 7-6 7-6 in their first match. In the second round of matches we knew we needed to win at least two of the three matches. Jack & Harry turned their performance around to win their match comfortably. Unfortunately, due to the inside format, all third sets were match tie breaks and, after having a match point each, unfortunately Joe & Toby lost 11-9 while Jon & Ben lost 12-10 – heartbreaking. We only picked up one win in the last round with Jon & Ben winning comfortably 6-2 6-2. A match that we could have definitely won on another day, but that’s the way county week goes.
Result 3-6 loss
Ben & Jon 2 wins
Joe & Toby 0 wins
Jack & Harry 1 win
Day four vs North of Scotland
With the addition of Tom Greenland and Nigel back for Thursday, we knew we needed to beat the best team in the group to have a chance of staying up this year. I couldn’t be more proud of the effort and results from the boys, considering the opponents had a top 200 doubles player who made the second round at Wimbledon this year. We took them all the way and silenced the Scottish roars, which had been echoing round all week. We got to 4-4 in matches with Harry & Nigel leading 6-3 5-3 40-0 serving and unfortunately didn’t quite close out the match and ended up losing 6-2 in the third set. This meant we were relegated for this year.
Result 4-5 loss
Ben & Jon 2 wins
Jack & Nigel (Harry subbed in for Jack for the last match ) 1 win
Joe & Tom 1 win
Day five vs Dorset
Knowing we were relegated and that Dorset where also likely to get relegated the matches where shortened to match tie breaks for the third set. Once agin we lost two matches in tight third sets and came out not winning a match in the first 5 rubbers, so our fate was confirmed.
Result 0-5 loss
Jack & Harry 0 wins
Ben & Joe 0 wins
Nigel & Dan 0 wins
Overall the results didn’t reflect how close we were to winning a couple of matches and staying up so it’s group 5 for us next year. I would like to thank my team Jack Rooney, Joe Cartledge, Nigel Mathews, Ben Calnan, Tom Greenland, Toby Ryan, Dan Taylor and Harry Brown. Also the kind support from Andrew Smith, Bruce Young, Tony Maskens, John Bunting, Gordon Tanner, Mark & Sarah Wilkinson. Of course none of this would be able to happen with out the continual support from Tennis Oxfordshire.
Men’s County Captain
Report: Ladies' Aegon Summer County Cup
This year Oxfordshire’s women’s county team played down in Southsea in division 7. The team consisted of a group of young players all very keen to gain experience for future years.
Oxfordshire Vs Northamptonshire
On the first day Oxfordshire played Northamptonshire with captain Lucy Brown partnering the youngest player of the team Chloe Elliott. The other two pairs playing were Evie Phillips and Taysie Gujral and sisters Annabelle and Lucy Denly.
It was a hard fought day resulting in a 7-2 loss for Oxfordshire however the score does not reflect the closeness of some of the matches.
Oxfordshire Vs South of Scotland
Oxfordshire’s next opponents were the South of Scotland. This was a very close battle not only against their opponents but also the lovely British weather. The tie was drawn out over three days due to rain. New team member Ellie Vincent was brought in but unfortunately Oxfordshire narrowly lost the tie 5-4.
Oxfordshire Vs Isle of Man
Success came on Thursday against the Isle of Man with the inclusion of two new young players, Alex Boardman and Alice Wilkinson giving a much needed 5-4 victory.
Oxfordshire Vs Cumbria
The final tie against Cumbria was suspended after the first two rounds due to wet weather. Lucy and Chloe had kept the tie alive with two wins but unfortunately due to the suspension of play at 4-2 down Oxfordshire did not then have the opportunity to try to claw back the win.
Lucy Brown, Team Captain
Report: Boys 12U County Cup
The Oxfordshire 12U Boys team were drawn in group C of the qualifying event at Windsor LTC across the weekend of 1st & 2nd July.
Our team, consisting of Bobby, Arthur, Charlie & Will arrived at Windsor eagerly anticipating what could be a great weekend. Our very own tennis statistician Arthur immediately informed the team that the Hertfordshire number one player seemed to be absent. Could this open the door for the other teams as the pre-tournament favourites were without their number 1 player?
Our opposition for the weekend would be scheduled as follows: Saturday we would face Hampshire & IOW first followed by Buckinghamshire and then on Sunday we would play Hertfordshire & Berkshire.
Our team to play the singles against Hampshire would be Bobby, Arthur & Will.
Bobby played against an old adversary, they know each other well and after a very tight first set Bobby just lost 3-5. The second set went in favour of the Hampshire boy 2-4. Arthur played another player highly ranked inside the top 30 in the country. Despite some lovely backhand line shorts Arthur lost out 1-4 0-4. Will, playing at number 3, competed superbly while moving his opponent around the court very well. Unfortunately we lost this one 1-4 0-4. The boys can be proud of their fight against a team which has exceptional strength across all of their squad.
The next match saw us face Buckinghamshire. A similar story, all of our boys had played against their players and we had a game plan from the outset. Charlie stepped into number 3 playing some great aggressive tennis and was seriously unlucky to lose the first set in a tiebreak. The second set was just as tight with a few points going the way of the Bucks man at crucial times. 1-0 down going into Arthur’s match. We knew that a win here would take it into the doubles. Arthur played some positive tennis and took the first set 5-3; Bucks then drew level at one set all. This rubber and the overall match would come down to a tiebreak. The emotional roller coaster eventually ended with a huge fist pump and ‘come on!’ from Arthur as we levelled the match at 1-1.
Bobby had a very tough match against their number one. Bobby dug deep in the second set, but unfortunately lost 5-3.We would be 2-1 down going into the doubles.
The doubles against Bucks was played by Bobby & Arthur. They played exceptional doubles which has been helped massively by county training and the emphasis on doubles match play. They won the doubles fairly easily 4-2 4-0 meaning the match would go to a shoot out. A quick team talk and our players were ready to go. The shoot out was tight and the tension was clear to see. We eventually lost 12-10.
The first match on Sunday was Berkshire, a great win from Arthur in the singles gave us a chance. Will and Bobby lost their singles but played some great singles points. Charlie and Will, who made a great doubles pair, communicated and moved well as a team, but eventually lost the doubles 4-0 5-3. A 6-2 loss against Berks. It was all down to Hertfordshire now.
Sunday’s second fixture saw us face Hertfordshire. Charlie played at number 3 and battled well against a strong number 3. We lost this match in 2 sets. Arthur also lost to his opponent, meaning we were 2-0 down and the team were counting on Bobby to play a great match to give us a chance in the tie.
Bobby played an amazing match against Herts number 1 not allowing him into the match and firing backhand winners like they were going out of fashion! He won 4-1 4-2. We were heading into the doubles which would be very important.
Bobby and Arthur, played well as a pair and dominated around the net. The match went to a tiebreak and we eventually won 10-7. This wasn’t the end… we needed another tiebreak shootout to decide the tie! We continued to serve well with the server’s partner crossing and mixing things up. Unfortunately this wasn’t enough as the Herts boys won the battle 10-8.
In conclusion and by way of summary, it was a great weekend, although a little disappointing to lose 2 out of 4 matches on a single Shoot out tiebreak. If these were reversed we could have finished this in the table. All of the players can be proud of their performance and support of each other when they were not on court. The parents were a great source of encouragement so thank you to all who supported their children and the team.
We know what we need to work on for next year. 3 out of the 4 players this year are still eligible for next year so this bodes well for a renewed challenge. Lastly, a big thank you to the referee Alison Battista, who was fantastic all weekend.
Tom Francis, Team Captain
Report: Girls 12U County Cup
Held at North Oxford from the 1st-2nd July, the 2017 Girls 12U County Cup Group C saw the Oxfordshire team do the county proud, both on and off the court.
With a tough first day against strong opponents, Oxfordshire’s Susanna, Aoife, and Michaela opened against the hard hitters from Hampshire and Isle of Wight.
Michaela fought until the very end, but her opponent just didn’t miss; likewise, Susanna and Aoife had similar matches with their opponents becoming increasingly consistent throughout the games. Despite the best efforts of each of the Oxfordshire players and some fantastic points, it was therefore Hampshire and Isle of Wight who held a 3-0 lead after the singles.
Next up were Buckinghamshire who, again, had some powerful players, but the Oxfordshire team held their ground and were able to battle and compete with them. At the end of the singles, Oxfordshire were down by just 1-2 with Susanna having secured the team’s first win of the weekend.
For Oxfordshire to remain in the tie, it all came down to the doubles with Aoife and Susanna needing to win this match to bring on the shootout.
A great doubles encounter then ensued with the Oxfordshire pair keeping the pace on the ball and looking to increase their interceptions in order to put more pressure on their opponents: Aoife and Susanna delivered on the game plan to bring home the match in a triumphant third set tiebreak.
A nailbiting shootout then took place, the overall tie being decided by a very tense match tiebreak to 10 point. With the tie on the line, both teams steered away from going for big shots, but the Oxfordshire team maintained both their composure and focus to pull through with a 10-7 win.
After watching Hertfordshire and Berkshire on the first day, the team knew that the following day’s competition would also be fierce with some very talented players throughout both opposing counties.
Hertfordshire were up first and Hannah, who had made a long trip to represent the county, played a fantastic match, but it was her opponent who took the win. Aoife and Susanna also worked hard on every point, but Hertfordshire’s strength and consistency won out.
Berkshire were next and Hannah had a cracking match, consisting of serving and volleying, drop shots, and more; throughout each game, Hannah battled hard, but it was Berkshire who won in the third set tiebreak. Aoife then also piled on the pressure against her opponent, playing aggressively as she stepped in more against a strong opponent; Susanna also had a great match, creating and using the angles well in addition to hitting with much more pace on the ball. It was, however, Berkshire who emerged with a 3-0 lead after the singles.
This meant that the doubles become a dead rubber and a great opportunity for the Oxfordshire team to try some different things. Michaela teamed up with Hannah whilst Aoife paired with Susanna; with everyone more relaxed, there were both more volleys and more proactive play at the net from all four athletes as they continued to make the most of the occasion.
Overall, it was a great experience for the players to experience what the standard is like at a regional level and also to get the chance to play some players who they haven’t played before and who play with different game styles. Each player represented Oxfordshire in a great light and their on/off court etiquette was second to none. They were a delight to have in my team.
Josh Crossley, Team Captain
Report: Girls 10U County Cup
Oxfordshire v Hampshire
After a close well fought first match Oxfordshire came back from 1-0 down to win the following two singles matches with very convincing performances. Maria and Iris then went on to win the doubles in an extremely close third set tie-break to give Oxfordshire a great start to the day with a 3-1 win over Hampshire.
Oxfordshire v Buckinghamshire
Darcey kick-started our matches against Buckinghamshire with a great win and Maria and Iris maintained their form to bring the team to a speedy 3-0 lead. The doubles was another close affair however Oxfordshire came out on top resulting in a fantastic 4-0 win. This was the perfect end to the day and reflected all the girls’ hard work and enthusiasm.
Oxfordshire v Hertfordshire
First up on day two was a very strong Hertfordshire team. Against older opponents, Darcey and Iris lost two tough matches. Maria played a great two tight sets with one of the best girls in the country but just got pipped by a couple of sudden death deuces. Hertfordshire also proved too strong in the doubles.
Oxfordshire v Berkshire
Last match for the weekend was against local rivals Berkshire. Iris picked up our first win of the day but with the other two singles matches not going Oxfordshire’s way, it went down to the doubles. Once again Maria and Iris took to the doubles court to try and win to force a tie break play off for second place overall. The match went right to the wire but after a couple of match points the team had a nailbiting 9-11 loss in the third set tiebreak.
I would like to thank the team of Darcey, Maria and Iris for their efforts all weekend, also the parents who supported on two very long days. Lastly I would like to thank Tennis Oxfordshire for their continued support of Junior County Cups.
Lucy Brown, Team Captain
Report: Boys 10U County Cup
A great weekend with Oxfordshire 10U boys finishing runners up to a very strong Hertfordshire team. The team of Jack and Olly Veal, John Cairns & Sebastien Forsythe battled really hard and showed excellent team spirit throughout the weekend.
On Saturday John started the team off against Hampshire at number 3 singles, battling hard but losing in 2 tight sets.
Next up Olly at number 2 played some fantastic attacking tennis to beat his consistent opponent. Finally Jack played some great tennis at number 1, showing great quality and solid play against a tricky opponent, hitting some great serves and passing shots.
Next was singles against Buckinghamshire. In a gritty game between the number 3s, Sebastien made his opponent work for every point – Buckinghamshire claiming a hard-fought two set win.
Olly then had a very close match, but used his serve and return to his advantage to seal a 2 sets win.
Jack, meanwhile, maintained his composure against an opponent who made few unforced errors; Oxfordshire closing out another two set victory.
In the doubles, the Veal brothers teamed up against Hampshire putting in a confident performance to win in straight sets.
Sebastian and Olly then returned to court for the doubles match against Buckinghamshire, combining fantastic volleys & teamwork to earn another 2 set win for Oxfordshire.
On Sunday, starting against a strong Hertfordshire side, the team battled hard in some very close games; Hertfordshire eventually edging out each of the three singles in tight 2 set wins.
It was another gritty battle against Berkshire, with Oxfordshire putting on more strong performances to earn a 2-1 lead after the round of singles matches.
The doubles saw the 10U team return to court for the doubles: John and Sebastien making their opponents work hard for every point – Hertfordshire finding another level of play to claim the win.
That left the last match of the weekend with the Veal brothers demonstrating their skills on both defence and attack against Berkshire to close out another victory for Oxfordshire.
After a great weekend of play, Oxfordshire 10U Boys’ fantastic performance saw them secure second place out of the five county teams.
Tom Wilsdon, Team Captain
Report: 14U Girls County Cup 2017
The 29th April – 1st May saw Tennis Oxfordshire take to court in the Group G heat of the 14U Girls County Cup at North Oxford LTC.
Opening their campaign against Middlesex, the Tennis Oxfordshire 14U Girls Team put up a gritty performance in a close encounter that saw half of the matches going to three sets; but it was their opponents who edged out the overall win by 4-2.
Maintaining their composure, the Oxfordshire Team hit back in their second tie against Leicestershire, earning success in both the singles and doubles to head into their final match on the back of a 4-2 victory.
With momentum now in their favour, the team returned to court to face North Wales. In a stunning end to their tournament, the Tennis Oxfordshire team finished with another fantastic team effort to close the final day out with a 5-1 win against North Wales.
Finishing in third position – with Middlesex in first and Warwickshire second – Tennis Oxfordshire Team Captain Ariadne Katsoulis said: “In every game, all five players did their best for their county – they should all be proud of their efforts and achievement. A special mention should go to Matilda who was undefeated throughout the event.”
Tennis Oxfordshire 14U Girls Team
1) Matilda Mutavdzic
2) Jasmine Conway
3) Chloe Elliott
4) Lara Frank
5) Shalom Salvi
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Report: County Cup 12th March 2017
12th March 2017
U8s East Region, Inter-County competition, Redbridge, Essex
The girls played in the morning with the boys in the afternoon. Teams of 6 players competed in two boxes of 5 Counties.
The girls finished 5th in their box with Sonia and Maya managing to get a win each. They played Norfolk in the play-off which they lost 5-1 to finish the morning in 10th place.
The team spirit was fantastic and all the girls kept smiling and enjoying themselves for the duration. It was clear from the start, the opposition were of a different level, many of which are training up to 10hrs a week.
The boys played in the afternoon and did slightly better in results – managing to win three matches in their box. In the play-off tie they played Bedfordshire and managed to beat them on points, after the six singles matches were split evenly. The boys finished in 9th place.
As the event is a combined one, after the boys and girls results were added together Oxfordshire finished 10th. Both teams were fantastic in team spirit, effort was high and hopefully players left the day feeling motivated to play more tennis and work even harder to raise their game.
Thanks to all the parents for bringing their child and helping to create a positive experience and environment for all.
U18 Girls County Cup 25-26 February 2017
Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham
Captain: Ariadne Katsoulis, Assistant: Lorrayne Gracie
Annabelle Denly, Chloe Elliott, Taysie Gujral, Kyla Haskett-Hawkins, Raia Jagger, Evie Phillips, Alice Wilkinson
The girls played their matches over 2 days as the fourth county in the group, Isle of Man, withdrew. They played singles on the Saturday against both counties and then doubles on the Sunday.
Day 1 Singles vs Suffolk 2-4 , vs Shropshire 3-3
Against Suffolk, probably the strongest county in the group including a 3 setter which Evie Phillips managed to win to add to Chloe Elliott’s win. The matches against Shropshire were more evenly balanced, as the eventual score bears out with all 3 singles wins being in straight sets. By close of play Oxfordshire knew they had to win 5 out of the 6 doubles the next day. In Ariadne’s words “not impossible but very, very difficult”.
Day 2 Doubles vs Suffolk 5-4, vs Shropshire 6-3
The girls played really well and no one gave up throughout the day. Three of the doubles matches went to third set tie breaks. The critical and deciding match was that against Suffolk involving Taysie Gujral and Chloe Elliott. Luckily neither Taysie and Chloe knew just how critical their match result would be so when they came off court having clinched it in a third set tie break 13-11 it was a particularly sweet victory and wonderful surprise to find that Oxfordshire had won!!
It was a great performance by all the team who ended the weekend top of the group and gaining promotion. Special mention should go to Chloe who at 13 was the youngest member of the team and the only one to win all her matches.
Report: U18 Boys County Cup 24-26 February 2017
Easton Tennis Centre, Norwich
Captain: Jon Maskens, Assistant: Paul Butcher
Ned Batstone,Ollie Broadhurst, Sam Christie, George Doxiadis, Ed Green, Guy Mobey, Cameron Price, Harrison Ridge
U18 Boys County Cup
Day 1 vs Cambridgeshire 8-1 loss
The team knew that on paper Cambs was the strongest team and that was born out on the court. They made a good start to the weekend with Ned Batstone winning his opening rubber easily. However, the team were unable to pick up another rubber all day although there were many close matches – for example Ned Batstone and Sam Christie lost their match in a third set tie break 19-17.
Day 2 vs Norfolk 7-2 loss
This was always going to be a tough day playing the home team in front of a partisan crowd. The choice of music in the pre match warm up seemed to be the main motivation for the boys! The day started well with Sam Christie winning 7-6 in the third set in a match that lasted 3 hours. Guy Mobey then won in straight sets giving us 2 wins. Despite 4 matches going to 3 sets the team did not win another rubber.
Day 3 vs Wiltshire 5-2 loss
Wiltshire started the day in the same position as Oxfordshire having lost on the first two days. George Doxiadis won a long 3 set match which lasted 2.5 hours. We lost the next 3 singles leaving Cameron Price, playing in his last junior county match, to win in order to keep the tie alive. He did and won 6-4 in the third set. However, after losing another third set tie break 10-7 the team lost overall.
Despite losing, the team performed well although often they didn’t get the better of the more experienced opponents when matches went to 3 sets. This can all change as the team play more and mature together. Jon Maskens thanked his team and assistant captain Paul Butcher and the support the team receives from Tennis Oxfordshire.