From the 8U county team to the over 35s, catch up on Oxfordshire’s results from the 2016-17 inter-county competition season.

Stay tuned for the 2017-18 schedule!

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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.

Christian Peterson

 

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.

 

Jon Maskens

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.

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

RESULT 3-1

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.

RESULT 4-0

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.

RESULT 0-4

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.

RESULT 1-3

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


Oxfordshire Junior Tennis Festival, August 2017

Enjoy a great week of tennis – open to all junior players in Oxfordshire. Give it a go. Click here for more details

 


Report: County Cup 12th March 2017

12th March 2017
U8s East Region, Inter-County competition, Redbridge, Essex

Girls
Mya Lynchsmith
Daisy Michaelis
Sonia Chiorean
Clemmie Batstone
Scarlet Jenkins
Honey Bryan

Boys
Blake Hunter
Benedek Dilks
Liam Sandler
David Lord
Lukas Pocock
Luca Frank

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
 

Team
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.

U18 GIRLS COUNTY CUP 25-26 FEBRUARY 2017

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

Team
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.