Hampton’s Senior Tennis Team finished runners-up in the National Finals of the British Schools Senior Championships at the Bolton Arena, after a narrow defeat in the final to Magdalen College School
The Hampton team of of Fraser Barclay, Gustav Durlind, Hamish MacCormick, James Hughes and Jamie Harris played a mixture of singles and doubles tennis in their group matches, beating Colston’s School and Warford Grammar School comfortably, before an incredibly tight 11-9 doubles win over Sevenoaks School by Gustav and James.
In the final against Magdalen College, Fraser Barclay produced a resilient performance at number one singles to keep Hampton alive going into the doubles matches, and with a further victory alongside Gustav in the doubles, the tie went all the way to the last match. Jamie and Hamish pushed the Magdalen College team hard but eventually lost the set 6-4 after some gripping rallies and momentum swings.
Head of Tennis, Mr Dan Phillips, praised the boys’ teamwork and determination:
Reaching the final of this national competition is a huge achievement and the boys should be proud of their efforts and commitment. It was clear that they enjoyed pulling together for the group: every rubber and game mattered, and each player can reflect on the event knowing that his contribution made a significant impact on our progress.
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