Hunstanton, 2017 Report

On Sunday 20th August, 15 Oxfordshire players, accompanied by coaches Andy Aitken and Josh Crossley, descended on the seaside town of Hunstanton, Norfolk for Britain’s biggest grass court tournament.

It was the fourth year we have attended the tournament and you might think we would be bored by now. However it is a unique trip in that the children get to play on grass, they enter three events each (singles, doubles and mixed) and the beach is literally 400m down the road.

The group is a mixture of players from the WHLTC, Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Tennis Club and Wantage Tennis Club. The tournament itself is played on 36 grass courts, of which 26 are played on a cricket pitch so some of the bounces are very interesting! It attracts over 1100 entries.

What we as coaches and also the children love about the place is that there is limited Wi-Fi which means we all socialise more with each other.

The days consisted of glorious sunshine, eventful evenings of cooking where the children could literally do their own Great British bake off (Norfolk style) while the evening entertainment usually compromised of a movie or a little bit of Just Dance.

Roll forward to Saturday 20th August and Finals Day. We were lucky enough to see a few of our players in finals. Tom Craig went in the 18 and under boy’s singles, seeded two where he was up against the first seed and played some fantastic tennis but unfortunately lost in three tight sets.

Bea Painter seeded 2nd in the girls 12 and under singles was also up against the top seed and played fantastic tennis but came unstuck against her opponent. There was to be better news later on for Bea, when she teamed up with her partner in the 12s girl’s doubles and managed to win.

Further success came for Oli Broadhurst who remains undefeated in singles for two years now, following his 14s singles title last year. Ollie jumped up an age category and won the 16s in three sets.

Surprise of the tournament was Josh and I, who as 8th seeds in doubles made it to the final, beating the 4th seeds on the way, to set up a meeting with the number one seeds. However, due to one of our opponents getting an unfortunate injury in his singles final, our opponents had to withdraw, giving Josh and I a walkover, crowning us Men’s Open Doubles Champions.

That evening we all celebrated together, before Sunday’s final day which is the famous ‘Oxfordshire, Hunstanton Sports Day’, compromising classic events such as Hide and Seek, Don’t Show Keith Your Teeth, Davis Cup Mini Tennis, and the Relay. All competitors had a blast and our final evening under a beautiful blue sky compromised of us sitting outside, reminiscing whilst tucking into a delicious BBQ.

A fantastic end, to another fantastic year, I’d like to thank all the children who came with us and a personal thanks to Josh also for all that he did.

Andy Aitken


HSBC Road to Wimbledon County Finals

The weekend of 24/25 June saw the County Final of the HSBC Road to Wimbledon Competition at the White Horse Tennis Centre in Abingdon.

With 21 heats (Boys and Girls) played across 20 Oxfordshire clubs and schools, 44 14U winner and runners-up now competed for the chance to take part in the National Finals on the hallowed turf of the All England Club in Wimbledon.

On Saturday, the 12 girls now took to court in a friendly atmosphere for the title of County Winner. After a knockout competition full of great tennis, in a hard fought final, White Horse’s Susanna Wright triumphed over Milly Thomas from Shiplake

The same day also saw the qualifying heat for the boys’ County Final take place – the 14 competitors battling it out in many competitive matches.

Sunday then hosted the boys’ main draw of 22:  bigger than in previous year because of a pleasingly large number of entries.  Some high quality tennis was played out on the artificial grass courts at White Horse, with the semis and final being played indoors to avoid the increasing wind and passing showers!

Both semi-finals were very close, Desmond Martin from North Oxford narrowly beating White Horse’s Felix Breach and Felipe Stervid from Magdalen College School defeating North Oxford’s Bobby Hornby. In a very tight final, Desmond edged out the match, winning 10-7 in a third set Match Tie Break.

Good luck to Susanna and Desmond at Wimbledon in August!

 

NOTE:  The Club , School and County  stages of the Road to Wimbledon are part of an exciting competition open to all Club and school  players who are 14 and Under and rated 7.1 or below.

It is easy to hold a heat and information and full guidance is sent out by the LTA East Region towards the end of the year. Clubs/Schools taking part this year were:

Abingdon LTC, Abingdon School, Banbury LTC, Bicester LTC, Bloxham School, Burford School, Headington School, Henley LTC,  Magdalen College School, North Oxford LTC, Oxford Sports LTC, Shiplake LTC, St Gregory the Great School, Tudor Hall School, Warriner School, Watlington LTC, White Horse LTC, Witney LTC, Wood Green School, Wychwoods LTC


Report from 12 Counties event - 10U Boys and Girls, November 2016

The Oxfordshire 10U boys and girls went to Corby Tennis Centre last weekend to compete in the 12 counties event. Our girls team consisted of Maria Ustic, Julia Siemiatkowska and Kitty Spurgeon and our boys team was; Jack Veal, Oliver Veal, Adam Pinner and John Cairns.

Girls

Up first for the girls was Cambridgeshire. Unfortunately one of our girls had to pull out of the event through illness meaning our task was increasingly difficult. Maria Ustic and Julia were on court first, playing some competitive points but both lost their first matc , a tough one against a strong county. Next on court was Kitty who fought for every point and showed determination to neutralise a hard hitting opponent. Up next was Nottingham 10U girls who on paper was our best chance to snatch a result. The opposition started lightning fast and once our girls had found their rhythm it was well into the second set. All three of our girls served well and the matches were much closer than the scores suggest. Our girls pushed the Notts girls into sudden death deuce but we just lost out on the tactical battle in these crucial points. Final result 4-0 Notts.

Our final match of the afternoon was an easy one against Hertfordshire! Maria at number 1 battled hard and started to become more aggressive with her style of play. Unfortunately this wasn’t enough to beat her very experienced opponent. Julia at number 2 returned well in this match against a G1* a full year older. Kitty had a tough match at number 3. Kitty demonstrated great maturity and grit and was unlucky not to come closer to her opponent.

Overall the girls had a tough task as 2 of them are still orange ball players. This bodes well for next year and hopefully they can build on this experience to Improve. A big thank you to the parents for supporting their daughters and to the players for giving their all and conducting themselves well through the day.
Final result: 4th Place

 

Boys

The Oxfordshire 10U Boys arrived excited and raring to go at Corby Tennis Centre on Saturday morning. Our team, after a good physical warm up, were to play in the coldest indoor bubble in The East region!

First up were Hertfordshire and our first two players were Jack Veal at number 1 and Oliver Veal at number 2. The first matches produced some outstanding tennis from both teams and both the Veal boys went to a deciding match tie-break. We narrowly lost both tie breaks which really could have gone either way.

Adam Pinner and John Cairns stepped up on to court next. Adam playing at number 3, moved really well, showing great athleticism. He lost a very close second set 5-3. John Cairns, despite a recent injury, showed no signs of this stopping him and played intelligent tennis against the big hitting Herts number 4.Result 4-0 Hertfordshire. Cambridgeshire was the second match, Jack and Oliver played very well, keeping cool and calm and managed to win their respective matches convincingly which meant we were 2-0 up. Adam and John both had close games and were consistent, forcing their opponents to hit big shots to win the points. We eventually drew with Cambridge 2-2.

Our last match of the day was against Nottinghamshire. Jack won his match 4-2 4-2 proving how important it is to start well in these short set matches. Oliver Veal, not to be outdone by his brother won 4-1 4-1. The longest matches involved Adam and John who both split the first two sets meaning it went down to a deciding match tie break. Adam, cheered on by his team mates kept the intensity and focus well but narrowly lost in what was a great contest, 10-3 in the tie break. John was the last match of the day and showed determination to win the second set 4-1. In the second set John outclassed his opponent and this momentum looked good going into the deciding match tie break. John and his opponent continued to exchange from the baseline with John looking to approach the net at his earliest opportunity. John just came off second best 10-4. He can be very proud of the way he played that last match.
Final result: 3rd Place

 

Overall the boy’s attitude was very positive and they thrived on the challenge of playing some of the best 10U boys in the Region. It was really good to see the team ethos and the boys cheering on their team mates when they weren’t playing themselves.
Well done to everyone who played and a big thank you to the parents for their support throughout the day.

Tom Francis


U16 12 Counties 2016

We had a fantastic day in Corby with very well behaved players in and out of the court.

Boys lost 1-3 to Hertfordshire with a win for Ned Batstone (nr4 ). Sam Christie ( nr1 ) and George Slater (nr3) both lost in match tie break in very tight matches and one loss for George Doxiadis ( nr2 ).

Second opponent was Cambridgeshire where the boys lost all their matches.
George Slater lost in match tie break.

Last match was against Nottinghamshire where our boys won 3-1 with wins for Sam Christie, George Doxiadis and Ned Batstone .

Girls  played with Chloe Elliott as nr 1,Jasmine Conway nr 2 , Annabelle Denly nr 3  and Kyla Hawkins nr 4 .

They lost to Hertfordshire 1-3 with an easy win for Jasmine Conway.

 

Against Cambridgeshire they lost 0-4 and last match against Nottinghamshire they drew 2-2 with wins for Jasmin Conway and Annabelle Denly .

 

 


U18 12 Counties

Great day in Corby with fantastic teamwork and great tennis .

Boys team :
Nr 1 Edward Green
Nr 2 GuyMobey
Nr 3 George Doxiadis
Nr 4 Ned Batstone

First match of the day was against Hertfordshire with a 1-3 loss, with a win for Ned Batstone and a very tight loss in a match tie break for George Doxiadis.

Second match was against Cambridgeshire with a 0-4 loss and one match tie-break loss for Guy Mobey.

Last match of the day was Nottinghamshire with a loss of 1-3, win for Ned Batstone. Again a match tie break loss, for George Doxiadis .

Girls u18 team

1) Chloe Elliott
2) Taysie Gurjral
3) Annabelle Denly
4) Evie Phillips

0-4 loss to Hertfordshire with a tight loss in match tie break for Annabelle Denly
0-4 loss to Cambridgeshire
0-4 loss to Nottinghamshire