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18U Boys 12 Counties, 2 February 2020

Captain Mike Langston
Team Max Hingley, Joe Hart, Stuart Shannon and Matt Sime
Venue Corby

Match 1 vs Notts: 2-2 Draw

First up for H&W were Max Hingley and Joe hart #1 & #2 players.

Both of the boys were up against tough opponents from Notts. Joe managed to win the first set 4-2, but Notts pulled it back in the second and third set to seal it 2-4 7-10.

Max, after a bit of a slow start in the first set, upped his game to take make it close in the second set, narrowly losing out 7-5 in a tie break at 4-4. Stuart who stepped on court knowing his opponent from a previous encounter managed to secure his first win of the day taking the match in two relatively comfortable sets. The final match against Notts was with Matt Sime, in what turned out to be a bit of a mismatch. Matt comfortably took both sets, without breaking a sweat!


View the rest of Captain Mike Langston's report for the final two matches.

9U 12 Counties, 1 February 2020

Captains Chris Marlow with Lucy Sanders (assistant) and Holly Stevens (scorer)
Team Harry Emmett, Oliver Stevens, Kiah Probert and Grace Hadley
Venue Corby

The Herefordshire & Worcestershire 9U Mixed County Team played in the 12 Counties Championships 2019/20 on Saturday 1st February 2020 at Corby Tennis Centre. There were 8 teams represented on the day with Essex, Nottinghamshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire all taking part.

The team arrived in good time for everyone to do a warm-up and have a knock up. Looking around there are a lot of good young players from 8 counties. H&W flags were out, pictures taken - we are looking forward to a great day. The referee holds his briefing and we are underway on time.

Corby conditions were cold (as usual!)

Round 1 v Northamptonshire:
Boys: Harry and Ollie go on for the first match of the day. Harry gets into some good rhythm straight away and gets a good 2 sets to 0 win. Ollie starts slowly with a few more nerves. However, battling hard he finds a way to win in 3 sets 8-6 2-7 7-5 in a match that looked like it could go either way.
Girls: Kiah and Grace take to the court. Kiah loses in 3 sets to a tough opponent 2-7 7-2 3-7. Grace starts confidently and played positively winning in 2 sets.

3-1 H&W -A great start to the day!

9u county team

View the rest of Chris Marlows report and see how the team finished!

18U Girls 12 Counties, 2 February 2020

Captain Tony Ravenscroft
Team Paulina Jurkowska, Latesha Grant, Josie Ward and Sally Lewin
Venue Corby

Thanks to Captain Tony Ravenscroft for his report.

The teams we competed against were Nottinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.

The first tie was against Notts. Paulina gained the first win of the day beating Jessica Spencer 4-1, 4-2. Latesha lost out to Ellie Fitzsimmons. With the tie levelled at 1-1 Josie and Sally stepped up to play the last two matches. Josie commanded the points from her first serve and beat Sophie Cassidy de Falco 4-0, 4-2. Sally secured the 3-1 victory beating Naomi Szczur 4-1, 4-0.

The next tie against Cambs was to be our closest. Paulina got us off to a good start against Cambs number 1 Chaaya Malik. Paulina’s attacking play off the serve and from the ground proved two much for her opponent in the 4-1, 4-2 victory for H&W. Latesha, Josie and Sally all went one set down against strong opponents. They showed grit and determination and all fought back to win their 2nd sets but all lost out in their match tie breaks.

The final tie was against a depleted Beds team who only managed to field two players. Paulina lost to Jaquelyn Ogunwale and Sally beat Sofia Amodu winning the baseline battles to finish the day with a 3-1 victory.

The girls did really well and so close to finishing 1st with the match tie breaks not going our way. We can learn from these situations and they will stand us in good stead for the 18U County Cup in Wrexham at the end of February.

Thanks to all the players for their hard work and commitment to the team!

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Pershore hosts first tennis festival for children and adults with learning difficulties

The award-winning team at Pershore Tennis Centre hosted the first tennis festival in the region to encourage adults and children with learning difficulties to play the game.

Players from Telford Tennis Centre and Derwen College joined up with Pershore to create a Team Challenge Event.

19 players took part in the Challenge, scoring points in teams and including various tennis activities to work on their serve, forehand, backhand, volleys, rallies and match play. The winning team was the Red Team, pictured here with their fellow tennis team mates and Head Coach, Steve Bauer.

pershore tennis centre

The local club were recently awarded the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Disability Programme of the year and continue to encourage everyone to join them on court to play tennis.

Simon Jones, Chair of Tennis Shropshire, said: “Everyone did a fantastic job today in organising the Challenge event. You all did an absolutely fantastic job in ensuring that all the players had a wonderful time and I have had some very positive feedback from the Shropshire team who really enjoyed the afternoon.”

Pershore Tennis Centre will be hosting a regional Learning Disability tournament on 30th and 31st May 2020 and welcome support to share their message with interested groups.


2020 Senior County Closed Doubles Championships - Men's & Ladies Over 35 and 50

Entries are now open for the event on Saturday 25th April at Manor Park.

Forms can be downlaoded here.


2020 H&W Junior Davis Cup

The award-winning team at Pershore Tennis Centre were on top form to start 2020 with a Junior Davis Cup win at the weekend.

Junior Davis CUp

The club fielded a strong local team at Manor Park, with coach Jazzamay Drew leading the juniors players to their second Junior Davis Cup win in a row.

The 12U mixed team comprised Alfie Mills, Jack Bulbulia and Ruth Teale, pictured here with Coach Jazzamay Drew, who came through to take the title.

Pershore started the day beating Stourport 4-0, then followed up with more strong performances beating Ross Tennis Centre 4-0, Redditch 4-0 and Manor Park 4-0: each tie consisted of 3 singles and 1 doubles but Pershore proved too strong and retained the County Championship.

Pershore Tennis

Congratulations to Pershore and for all the other clubs who took part.

Special thanks to Steve Barnett for organising the event.

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