From the 8U county team to the over 35s, catch up on Oxfordshire’s latest results from the inter-county competition season.

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Dates: Inter-County and Festival of Tennis

INTER COUNTY COMPETITIONS AND JUNIOR TENNIS FESTIVAL (COUNTY CLOSED)

2018

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: Ladies Winter County Cup - November 2018

Ladies Winter County Cup 23rd – 25th November 2018

Oxfordshire ladies remain in division six after winter county cup tournament – narrowly missing out on promotion.

Day 1 – Oxfordshire Vs Channel Islands

Oxfordshire had a close first encounter against the Channel Islands with singles wins from captain, Lucy Brown, Chloe Elliott and Holly Sheeran-Hall. Tough matches for Raia Jagger, Taysie Gujral and Lucy Denly meant the score was tied at three all going into the doubles. However wins from Oxfordshire’s first pair Lucy and Chloe and second pair Raia and Holly secured a great first day win for Oxfordshire 5-4.

Day 2 – Oxfordshire Vs Cumbria

Feeling confident after day one, the team had a very successful second day against Cumbria with the addition of Alice Atkins. Playing some great tennis and gaining wins in all singles matches except one, Oxfordshire went on to win all three doubles to gain a fantastic 8-1 victory.

Day 3 – Oxfordshire Vs Hereford & Worcestershire

Day three was a tough day for the team in the final round as they were playing for promotion into division five. Unfortunately Hereford & Worcester proved too strong this time. The team played great tennis and fought hard in some close matches. However one singles win from Lucy and a doubles win wasn’t enough to gain victory and the team lost 7-2.


Report: Men's Winter County Cup - November 2018

Tennis Oxfordshire Win Shoot-out to Secure Promotion

Tennis Oxfordshire’s Men’s team have bounced back to winning ways by gaining promotion to group 5 of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Winter County Cup.

The team were narrowly relegated last year and went into the weekend’s fixtures at Redbridge, Essex in confident mood.

Captained by Jon Maskens, the team consisted of Benedict Calnan, Nigel Mathews, Joe Cartledge, Bradley Marriott, Cameron Price, Guy Mobey and Ned Batstone.

The opening day saw a comfortable 7-3 victory over Bedfordshire with the team 4-2 up after the singles fixtures with both doubles pairs then going on to comprehensively win their matches. The second day, playing the south of Scotland, saw a fantastic team performance, with the team dropping only one set all day and recording debut wins for Guy Mobey and Ned Batstone.

The final day saw Oxfordshire competing head to head for promotion in a straight shoot out with Wiltshire who had also secured two wins from the previous days. Nigel Mathews and Joe Cartledge started the match well for Oxfordshire, picking up two quick singles wins.

With two more solid performances from Benedict Calnan and Jon Maskens the team led, going into the doubles, 4-2. Only needing one more match to wrap up the promotion Joe Cartledge and Guy Mobey won in straight sets, sealing promotion to group 5 next winter.


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

W/O

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.

Day 2

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.