Team Tennis Schools: Merchiston, Queenswood crowned national champs


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Queenswood School at Nottingham Tennis Centre for Team Tennis Schools National Championships

While the world’s greatest were battling it out in the closing stages of Wimbledon, the best schools in the country descended on Nottingham to compete in the Team Tennis Schools National Championships.

Held in the second week of Wimbledon, the competition brings together 16 boys’ and 16 girls’ teams from around the country for four days of action from July 10-13 at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Some of those taking part travelled up from Junior Wimbledon to be part of the event, which is the finale to a league stage that sees 235 teams and over 1,300 players take part. Reaching the final 32 is a feat in itself for schools teams arriving in Nottingham.

Blessed with hot weather and excellent conditions, the teams battled it out in a compass draw over four days, starting from the first round on Tuesday to the Finals on Friday.

Finals day saw Culford School from Suffolk taking on Edinburgh-based Merchiston Castle School, both talented teams with young players such as Oscar Cutting and Jacob Fearnley taking part.

After a hard fought singles, the Merchiston boys managed to work together in the second doubles to beat Culford 6-3, 6-4 with an overall match score of 8-4, becoming National Champions.

As the winners, Merchiston will represent Scotland in the ISF World Schools Championships in Italy next year, with runners-up Culford set to fly the flag for England.

In the girl’s Aberdare Cup final Queenswood A overcame Talbot Heath School A in a closely fought tie-break shoot-out that went to the wire, but the Queenswood pairing of Isabelle Purser and Given Roach dug deep to clinch the title and the chance to represent England in the girls ISF World Championships 2019.

Congratulations to the 2018 title holders Merchiston Castle School and Queenswood School, and also to all teams who qualified through the league stage to be the top 16 schools tennis teams in the country.

See here for a full list of the results from the Team Tennis Schools National Championships Finals.

Want to get involved in Team Tennis Schools?

Entry for any Team Tennis Schools competition is free! If you would like to enter your school into this competition, or any other competitions, check out the Team Tennis Schools page here.

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