Tennis: Harlow LTC U-14 win national champs

General / Wed 19th May 2021 at 02:17pm

AT THE weekend, the Harlow Lawn Tennis Club U14 boy’s tennis team comprising of Oliver Brooker, Max Williams, Kurt Jesson and Christian Penchev travelled to Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club to compete in the LTA Premier Winter National Finals.

The winter competition started in September 2020 but the final round of the regional knock out draw was postponed to April 2021 due to COVID and lockdown restrictions.

Seventy seven teams entered across the UK at the start of the competition comprising of some of the best tennis clubs and academies in the country with the top 32 making the knockout stage.

Successful in winning all of their four knock out matches this set up a grandstand final against Nottingham Tennis Centre.

As underdogs the Harlow boys played some outstanding tennis at times with notable performances.

Being a team event, the tie opened with doubles and with both teams each winning a rubber the match at 1-1 came down to the 4 singles matches that followed.

With two close hard fought matches played Harlow found themselves down 1-3 before Oliver Brooker playing at number 1 produced a master class winning 6-0 6-2 to claw a match back for the boys from Essex.

With weather affecting the match from initially starting on the outside astro courts, torrential rain forced the tie to the indoor courts.

Kurt Jesson playing some of his best tennis dug out a big win for the team taking the overall match to a 3-3 draw.

To decide the match a straight 10 point shoot out was played with Oliver & Kurt taking an early lead.

With supporting parents, coach and players the Harlow pair took the match 10-7 in nail biting circumstances to take the title and recognition of being National Champions.

The boys are all trained under the watchful eye of Luke Spooner

The boys performed and represented their club brilliantly and all the people involved in this massive achievement are to be thanked.

The boys are playing their next team match at Latton Bush on Sunday 6th June.

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