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Tennis News July 2018

Team Tennis Schools Leagues

The Team Tennis Schools programme is a nationally organised competition run by the Lawn Tennis Association which provides secondary school students with the chance to play competitive tennis.  All competitions begin locally and culminate in a national final.

RAS has entered three teams into the leagues this summer and we have celebrated some great success and have seen some impressive play from our players.

The Year 7/8 boys team of Jake Barrington, Archie Ball, Ryan Cordier, Tom Day and Rodrigo De-Gregorio enjoyed a convincing win over Wellsway and a tough defeat to Clifton, although the splendid match tea afterwards more than made up for the loss!

Our first ever Year 7 girls team travelled to Chew Valley for a fun festival of tennis. Olivia Corry, Lilah Knights, Talulla Wood, Maddie Loughborough, Maria Maylor, Zoe Jenkins, and Martha Childs-Evans all enjoyed their first ever tennis fixture and represented the school very well.

The Year 9 boys team of Harry Fairburn, Will Cave, Zak Sunthankar, Finlay Thomas, Luke Hamer and Alex Palmer celebrated a courageous win against our local rivals Beechen Cliff, winning in the doubles tie break shootout. Matches against Chew Valley and Downside in the rain were also well fought encounters.

The Year 10 boys team of Florian Madigan, Ewan Morrish, Ben Hardy, Adam Woodward, Cameron Conway and Josh Redman took the win at Colstons and a close loss at Wellsway, with a fixture against QEH still to be played

Road to Wimbledon Competition

The 'Road to Wimbledon' is the biggest junior tournament in British tennis and gives all U14 players the opportunity to progress through to compete on the world famous grass courts at Wimbledon.  

For this year we hosted our own boys event, with 32 players from across Years 7-9 taking part in the competition. 

It was fantastic to see all ages and abilities on court together, especially the large number of enthusiastic Year 7's who have all been regularly attending tennis clubs after school.

Harry Fairburn in Year 9 was this year's overall winner, with Will Cave in Year 9 the runner up. The final between them was an incredibly close match, where both had match points and could have taken the title, and entry into the next round of the competition, the County Finals!

RAS Tennis Championships

During July the annual 'RAS Tennis Championships' take place at the Bath University Tennis Centre. Each year group has it's own competition comprising of first round matches played after school at tennis club and then quarter finals, semi finals and grand finals being played on the artificial clay outdoor courts at the university. A superb opportunity for our students to experience playing sport using some of the best tennis facilities in the country! Stay tuned to find out the winners for this year!

Tom Hancock