With the French Open about to start this weekend and Wimbledon fast approaching, we have turned our attention to tennis this week. Two lucky Prep VI players were selected to represent Bridgewater in the annual AJIS Tennis Championships at King’s School, Chester today.
Both players had to play four opponents from four different schools in the group stages. The top two from each group would go into the main draw, whilst the next two would contest the Plate competition. In his group, Oliver found it tough going and was unable to collect a win in the race to four games in his matches. Oliver went close in his final game against the number two seed from St Ambrose, but despite playing some lovely tennis, went down 4-3 in the end.
In his group, Lukee was showing some good form in his matches. Despite losing to the number one seeds from Manchester Grammar School and King’s School, he battled to a 4-3 win over the Westholme number two seed. He then followed this up with an impressive 4-0 win over the St Ambrose one seed.
Consequently, Lukee qualified for the semi final of the Plate competition and was drawn against the number one seed from St Ambrose. In a terrific game with quality shots from both players and impressive rallies, Lukee emerged as a 4-1 winner to book his place in the final! In the final, he was up against the number two seed from the hosts, King’s School.
After a nervous start from both players, Lukee found his range with his forehand and raced into a 4-1 lead. His opponent was not going to go away easily however, and he fought his way back into the game and levelled at 4-4. Lukee managed to find another gear and had to dig deep to stay in the ever longer rallies. With a terrific backhand down the line, Lukee set up a deft volley to give him a vital break of serve, to go 5-4 ahead. Serving for the match, Lukee kept his cool and ensured he got his first serves in. The King’s School opponent managed to save one championship point, but was powerless to prevent Lukee forcing him behind the baseline and into submission. A tremendous 6-4 win and a first for Bridgewater as Lukee gave the school its first tennis honours for quite some time. Well done to both players. Hopefully the boys will inspire more Prep boys and girls to pick up a tennis racket this summer and try out this wonderful game.