Saturday 20th October saw the first of many junior tournaments that Glos Pc will be holding throughout the season. This time is was the turn of the U17 Gold level event that saw players travel from all over the country and include 3 of our own players Ben Kemp, Jacob Weekes and Skye McCrimmond.
The day started with mixed doubles, after Skye’s partner having to withdraw due to injury only left Ben and his partner Charlotte Freer playing. They won a tight 3 set match in the first round against Ruben Bodman and Cara Collins, setting up a tough game against the ¾ seeds in the second round. Unfortunately they were too strong and that was the end of the road for the mixed doubles today.
Next up was the singles. Ben playing very well winning both of his group games to earn himself the opportunity to play in the knockout stage. Then came two tough three setter matches against Daniel Clarke and Oliver Stapleton to set up a semi final place that would take place the following day with a guaranteed medal secured.
Skye started her singles off with a tough match against a close friend Becky Bailey that could go either way but today it didn’t go the right way for Skye. Unfortunately this loss made it very difficult for her to make it out the group. A better performance in the second match but again a loss so again end of the road for singles for the day.
So the last event of the day was doubles that saw Jacob play with Ben, but having won their first match pretty convincingly their second match was very different. They ended up losing in 2 sets against a pair that were a bit more organised and had that little more to offer. Skye had a partner wanted and after a late change to the draw saw her play 3 matches. Things didn’t go her way and after a tough 3 setter to finish the day unfortunately she didn’t make it out of the box stage.
So to the Sunday morning and Ben’s semi final against Arnav Patel. This was a again a tough three set match but Ben came out on top to set up a final against Ethan Hosken who had knocked out the number 1 seed in his semi final match. Not to break with tradition it was another three set match but unfortunately it was one 3 set match too many .So a very well earned silver medal was the reward for Ben.