Tennis trio fly flag in fine style for Chichester

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There was success for three Chichester players at the Sussex junior county championships at Southdown Tennis Club at Lewes.

Chichester Racquets & Fitness Club’s men’s champion Ben Horton won the 16-and-under boys’ title in the elimination draw, while Alex Ellison won the nine-and-under boys’ singles title and took third in the the-and-under boys’ main compass draw.

Callum McKitterick, partnered with Scott Robinson, won the ten-and-under boys’ doubles and was runner-up in the ten-and-under boys’ consolation draw.

In the 16-and-under event Horton, ranked No23 nationally at the age group, had a bye to the second round, where he beat William Matthews 6-2, 6-3. He beat William Timbrell 6-1, 6-2, to take his place in the quarter-finals, where he conquered Michael Savage 6-1, 6-3.

In the semis, Horton continued his good form against Louie West from The Weald and won 6-1, 6-2.

In the final, against Brighton’s Logan Burgess-Hayes, Horton lost a disappointing first set 6-2 but regained his form and won the second and third sets 6-1, 6-2 to take the title.

Ellison won three group matches to progress to the quarter-finals of the nine-and-under boys’ main event.

A comfortable quarter-final win was followed by a close semi in which Ellison had to save two match points before earning his place in the final.

The final against Toby Bloomfield from Pavilion and Avenue TC in Hove, started with Ellison taking the first set 7-5. Bloomfield fought back to establish a 6-1 lead and win the set 9-7. In the third set Ellison played aggressive tennis to pull away and take the set 7-2 and the title.

There was further drama in the ten-and-under boys’ doubles; McKitterick, partnered with Robinson (Maresfield), lost the first set 4-0 but levelled the match at 1-1.

The ten-and-under format requires a ten-point championship tie-break decider and McKitterick and Robinson became the champions.

McKitterick lost in the first round of the main event but went on to win the consolation draw – beating his doubles partner Robinson 2-1.