India Blake (U6, Q) and Rose Jones (L6, Q) have won the Girls’ Open Doubles at the National Schools Rackets Championship, held at the Queen’s Club. They beat Millie Broom (U6, W) and India Deakin (5th, W) 2 – 0 in a Cheltenham V Cheltenham final; in the Girls’ U16 Doubles, Emily Drysdale (5th, W) and Jenny Carson (4th, A) were runners-up after losing out to Wellington in the final. India and Rose also won the Plate at the Ladies' British Open Doubles Tournament in November.
The boys can also be pleased with their performance, Oscar Butcher (5th, H) narrowly lost out in the final and Oliver Baker (5th, NH) reached the quarter-final of the Boys’ U16 Singles. Jonothan Jamieson-Black (U6, H) reached the quarter-final of the Foster Cup – meaning he is within the top 16 in the country!
Rackets Professional, Mr Mark Briers, commented, “I am absolutely delighted with the success, continued improvement and enthusiasm of the players. It is nice to see they have something to show for their hard work and I am particularly proud to see an all-Cheltenham final in the Girls’ Open.”
Director of Sport, Mr Karl Cook, added, “Girls’ rackets is a comparatively recent initiative and those co-educational schools with rackets courts have got the girls playing what has been for 150 years a boys' game. Cheltenham College is proud to be at the forefront of this, with two girls also winning the very first national U16 doubles match in last December.”