TENNIS: Mini Orange Classic and Red League

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Mini Orange Classic

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon Rugby boys Ben Stuchbury and Devon Christie played in the final round of the Classic Event. With five teams taking part and some of the best players in Warwickshire left it was sure to be a long hard day.

Devon managed to win all his singles matches which gave Rugby a great start. He beat the player from Leamington 7-0, 7-6, the player from Esporta 3-7, 7-1, 7-6, the player from Sutton Coldfield 7-0, 7-1 and the player from Tanworth 7-6, 2-7, 7-5. Ben was having some terrific rallies and his positive attitude helped him. Some of his scores did not reflect the quality of play in his matches. He lost 7-1, 4-7, 7-2 to the player from Tanworth, the Sutton game was close narrowly losing 6-7, 7-2, 7-1, he had a very confident win over the Esporta player 7-5, 7-5 and he won against the Leamington player 7-5, 1-7, 7-2. With two deciding doubles to play the boys had a very real chance of making it through to the finals in June at the Edgbaston Priory Club, when the ladies’ tournament is on. They had a confident win over Sutton winning 7-1, 7-4. The doubles against Tanworth was a very entertaining match. There was some superb play and the boys narrowly lost 7-5, 7-6. However, they finished second overall on the day and progress through to the finals which is a great reward for all their hard work.

Mini Red League

William Garthwaite, Joseph Green, Zachary Wenham and William Moore played Beechwood. There were some extremely strong and talented players in the opposing team but they were given a run for their money. William Garthwaite, despite losing both his singles, played outstandingly well. He was taking part in long rallies, just narrowly losing points, the scores were 3-10 and 5-10. Joseph also played his best running around the court, he lost a very close 9-10 and 2-10.

Zachary played tactically in his games, winning 10-6 and 10-2. He liked to come to the net to try and win the point. William Moore won his first match comfortably 10-1, his second was much closer, narrowly losing 9-10. William G and Joseph played well in the doubles. The game was very fast and exciting but they lost 10-7. Zachary and William M managed to concentrate well during their match they kept the lead throughout, winning 10-6.

Next up were Ben Hillyard, Matthew Irish, Ellie Wilson and Charlotte Eaton, playing Alcester. Ben was rallying consistently with good direction throughout his matches, he won 10-4 and 10-4. Matthew was serving very well in his matches. He won his first 10-7 but he lost his second 7-10. Ellie was hitting the ball with pace but got caught out a few times. She lost her singles 10-6 and 10-7.

Charlotte was moving around the court well in her singles. She won 10-5 and 10-6. Ben and Matthew played some outstanding points in their doubles game eventually winning 10-7. Ellie and Charlotte were caught out with some hard fast shots and they lost 10-7. Overall Rugby won 6-4, meaning that the team had only lost one round since September.