Under 20s (Age) Singles Amateur Championships 2020
A jam packed day at the British Amateur U20s Championship playing for the Prested Cup. It was fantastic to see so many players coming from far and wide and an extra large entry for our new 'Satellite' division. The high handicap round robin matches were well contested, 3 Prested juniors came through the box along with Henry Weekes from RTC. In the Prested battle Ben Dickson beat Jake Mead to advance to the final and Henry bt Jack Evers, a relative 'newbie' to Real Tennis competition. In the handicap final both Henry & Ben played far better than their respective handicaps, especially Henry who seemed to drop in handicap points every match he played! Ben put up a great fight but there was no catching Henry today - he won the final 6/0.
Onto the Satellite knock out. An incredibly high standard of tennis across the board. We had most matches go to 3 sets, with the tennis getting better and better as the day went on. It was hugely impressive to watch and no matter how competitive, all matches were played in the right spirit - a credit to all these youngsters. The final of the Satellite would be played between James Rossiter and Magnus Garson. A rematch of last year's final. These two battled hard in the final, in front of a full crowd and after many long points, it was Magnus who won the match 6/3 6/5.
Magnus Garson then advanced to play Benedict Yorston for the British Amateur U20s Championship (Prested Cup). What a match. Magnus with plenty of matches under his belt, was up against Benedict who was feeling a bit fresher and had a significant handicap lead. This did not stop him though as he battled his way to 5 all in the 1st set, only to have a set point but let it slip away. Benedict regrouped and pulled away in the second set, showing how far his tennis has come in the last 12 months. Benedict secured the title 6/5 6/3. A fantastic final to finish a great day of Junior Tennis. Benedict was awarded the Trophy and a Grays racket by Mr. Carter.