Three local tennis aces have been enjoying great success over the last few weeks.
The young sportsmen and women who attend Bromsgrove School competed in the Hereford & Worcestershire County Championships and certainly brought home the silverware.
After winning the 14u, 14u mixed doubles, 16u singles, 16u doubles, as well as coming runner up in the 18u singles, Year 9 pupil Josie Ward was delighted to be named H & W LTA Player of the Year 2019.
Stuart Shannon reached the final of the Open Men's Singles. It was the first time that Stuart had entered the Men's event and was seeded five. He won his match against the number 3 seed in the quarter finals and then the number 2 seed in the semi-final which was a particular feat in the extreme heat. Stuart went on to win the 16u singles, 16u doubles and was pipped to the post in the Open Men’s final at Manor Park, Malvern.
Cameron Owen won the 14u doubles and was runner up in the 14u singles. The Road to Wimbledon is an annual event for 14u players from all around Great Britain. The event starts at club level, with the winner and runner up from each club moving into their respective County Finals. The Herefordshire & Worcestershire County Final was held in July, with Cameron Owen emerging as the County winner and being invited to the National Finals at Wimbledon commencing 11th August.
The National Finals brought together the forty-four individual County winners, plus four County runners up. The players were split into 12 groups of 4 for a “round-robin” format with the first and second placed players moving on to the knock out stages. Cameron topped his group, winning all three matches without losing a set.
Cameron progressed through four knockout matches to reach the final, again without dropping a single set. In a hard-fought final, Cameron was beaten 6-3 6-3 by the number 1 seed from Cumbria.
Cameron also teamed up with the Staffordshire County winner for the doubles, reaching the semi-finals before being eliminated by the eventual winners.