Our boys where full of high expectations heading into the weekends tennis as we left WHLTC on Thursday evening. Some slight strange genres of music that I have never or think will ever hear again was the boy’s choice of “tunes” on the way to Taunton.
Day 1 vs Somerset (5-4 loss)
Knowing this would be our toughest test of the weekend and potentially a promotion battle on day one the boys were up early and pumped for the days tennis. We got off to a tough start losing the first two matches in just over 2 hours which was tough on Ollie and Rafferty. Seb and Christian stepped up and silenced the boisterous Somerset crowd. Christian winning easily and Seb pushing his opponent all the way to a third set. Xavier also lost in a very tight third set match with Aiden putting in a fine display to win at number one singles. 4 – 2 down after the singles on with the doubles. Arthur & Bobby coming off second best, Christian & Seb and Aiden & Ollie winning their doubles.
Day 2 vs North Wales (7-2 win)
The choice of “pump up music” was chosen by myself this morning and we went with the classic of Eye of the Tiger!
The music and the teams jog in the rain must have pumped the boys up as they all went out and delivered a professional display only dropping two rubbers. Singles Ollie, Arthur, Bobby, Christian, Xavier and Aiden. Doubles Seb & Rafferty, Ollie & Aiden and Xavier & Christian.
Day 3 vs Isle of Man (9-0 win)
With IOM only managing to field 4 players we were given a 3 – 0 head start. Only needing 4 singles everyone played with the upmost respect and professionalism all comfortably winning the singles and then managing to overcome a match tiebreak in the doubles. Singles players Ollie, Arthur, Bobby and Aiden. Doubles Arthur & Ollie and Aiden & Xavier.
Overall I would like to thank all the boys for their efforts on the court and their company off the court. Many thanks to my assistant Lucy Brown for not only doing a great job but for putting up with 9 males for the weekend.
Thanks goes to Tennis Oxfordshire for their continued support financially as well as social media reports. Special thanks to Karen for sending out all the paperwork and invites as well as Simon for sorting out the great new county kit.
With 7 out of the 8 boys available to play for at least the next two years the team should be in good shape!