Mixed Fortunes for Oxfordshire Under 18s Tennis

It was a mixed weekend for Oxfordshire tennis with relegation for the under 18s boys’ county cup team and promotion for the girls.

The boys, playing in league 5b, were up against Wiltshire, Cornwall and Devon with the tournament taking place over three days in Barnstaple. For many of the boys it was their last tournament at under 18s level.

The girls, who gained promotion to league 5, were playing teams from Cumbria, South of Scotland and Shropshire, competing in Edgbaston.

The girls’ began with tough matches against Cumbria. With the score 3-3 after the singles fixtures, strong performances in all three doubles matches secured a 6-3 victory for Oxfordshire.

Day two against the south of Scotland saw the girls not drop a set, resulting in a convincing 9-0 win. This meant the girls were playing for promotion into division five in their final match against Shropshire.

Tennis Oxfordshire got off to a great start winning all three of the opening singles. After a couple of close matches and some fantastic tennis the girls found themselves in the strong position of 5-1 going into the doubles. Once again the girls triumphed in all three doubles to gain an 8-1 win and promotion.

“We are looking forward to battling in division 5 next year,” said Lucy Brown, Tennis Oxfordshire Under 18s Girls Captain. “The girls were a credit to the county, both on and off the court.”

L to R – Chloe Elliott, Kyla Haslet Hawkins, Holly Craig, Laila Zugic, Alice Wilkinson, Raia Jagger, Hannah Craig, Diana Mascenik

The boys’ weekend started with defeat to Wiltshire with the team not winning enough of the three set matches against some strong opponents. This ended with a 2-7 loss.

Day two was against a strong Devon side playing at a home venue with plenty of local support. Devon had made light work of Cornwall on the first day. The team fought hard again but ended with an 1-8 loss. It did feature the performance of the weekend for Oxfordshire with Guy Mobey securing Oxfordshire’s only win, beating the Devon number 1 after being a set and 5-4 down to come out victorious in just under three hours.

With Oxfordshire and Cornwall losing their opening two days’ matches it was a straight shoot out to avoid relegation. After the singles matches the boys were 4-2 down. All the doubles went to deciding match tiebreaks with Oxfordshire winning only one of the three matches.

“It was a tough weekend and disappointing to be relegated after some very close matches,” said Jon Maskens, Tennis Oxfordshire Under 18s Boys’ Captain. “There were 15 three set matches across the entire weekend so we never stopped fighting.”

L to R – Ollie Broadhurst, Louis Manson, Max Chopping and Sam Christie.
Front row L-R Guy Mobey, George Slater, Aiden Casey and Felipe Stervid

Oxfordshire Junior Winter League Finals - January 2019

Tennis Juniors Enjoy Tense Winter League Finals Day

Junior players from across the county enjoyed a great day of competitive tennis at the Oxfordshire Junior Winter League finals.

Finalists 2019

A total of 56 players, all aged 8 or under and representing 14 Oxfordshire tennis clubs competed at the White Horse Tennis Centre – supported by junior mentors and coaches from their tennis clubs.  The mentors and scorers were all aged between 12 and 17 and are involved in tennis programmes at various Oxfordshire clubs.

Banbury Mini Red A won group A with help from their head coach and mentor, Shola Adebisi.

Group A Players

North Oxford A won group B convincingly, winning all matches in their group.

Group B Players

The final was a tense and very close affair and was tied after four rubbers. As per the league rules, the match would then be decided on total points won in the match across all rubbers with North Oxford running out winners, 35 points- 30 points.

“We hope the day inspired the players to continue on the competition pathway,” says Tom Francis, who along with colleague Dave Tuck was a match referee. “The event was played in fantastic spirit with some brilliant tennis on show during the day.”

All 56 players went home with a certificate and prize for their efforts.

17 January 2019

Oxford U9s and U10s vs Middlesex (friendly) - April 2018

Under 9 girls

Under 9 boys

Under 10 girls

Under 10 boys

In the first of what Tennis Oxfordshire hopes will be a series of friendly county matches, Oxfordshire under 9s and U10s girls and boys played their Middlesex counterparts at the White Horse Tennis Centre, Abingdon this weekend (14 and 15 April).).

A good time was had by all with all the matches played in a great atmosphere of fair play and fun and which provided all the Oxfordshire players with valuable match practice at a good standard of tennis.

Well done to everyone who represented their county this weekend.