Tennis: Road to Wimbledon starts in Chichester

Young stars Tom Davy and Edward Poole with referee Peter Cook
Young stars Tom Davy and Edward Poole with referee Peter Cook

TWO young tennis players are dreaming of Wimbledon after winning the Chichester stage of a national tournament.

Chichester Racquets & Fitness Club hosted the HSBC Road to Wimbledon 2015 events for 14-and-under boys and girls.

There was an extremely high standard of play from all players throughout this one-day event.

Amy Wright

Road to Wimbledon is the biggest junior tournament in British tennis and gives all 14-and-under players the chance to compete on the world-famous grass courts of SW19.

Clubs and schools are encouraged to enter and stage a tournament for their members and pupils rated between 10.2 and 7.1.

The boys’ singles event was a 16-player elimination draw with each match comprising two short sets to four games, with a match tie-break if necessary. All first-match losers qualified for a consolation draw.

Bronze was won by Tom Davy, who beat Freddie Williams 5-3, 3-5, (10-4). Edward Poole won the gold medal and qualified for the county stage of the event, to be held in July, by beating William Broom, who collected the silver medal – the score 2-4, 4-2, (10-5) in the final.

In the girls’ singles, bronze was won by Emma Warburton, who beat Alyssia Jansz 5-4, 4-0. Caitlin Chequer won the gold medal and qualifies for the county stage of the event, beating Francesca Aitchison who collected the silver medal 4-1, 4-1, in the final.

Court supervisor Amy Wright said: “There was an extremely high standard of play from all players throughout this one-day event. It was very inspiring to see so many good young players coming along and enjoying the competition experience offered at Chichester.”