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Going Stateside

It has been a very productive and successful period for the academy. The RPDC programme which started in September has settled very well and the players achievements are going from strength to strength, with two of our older players having recently signed scholarships at American Universities. Grace Eland has signed for the University of South Florida and Matthew Clegg has signed for the University of Iowa.

Success Recap

We’ve enjoyed great success at County, Regional, National and International level in recent months. Take a look at our highlights below:

Lily Hutchings – Glasgow Senior British Tour Winner

Grace Eland – Glasgow British Tour Runner Up

Finn Murgett – Doubles Winner Finland ITF Grade 4

Peter Alam and Finn Murgett – ITF Doubles winners Liverpool Grade 5

Finn Murgett ITF Doubles winner Sweden Grade 3

Peter Alam – ITF Singles runner up Liverpool Grade 5

Peter Alam – ITF Doubles winner Norway Grade 5

Jonah Gethin – Runner Up Liverpool Tennis Europe Category 3

Jadesola Cole – National Tour 12U Winner Bolton

Ella McDonald – National Tour 14U Runner Up Nottingham

Alex Tikhonov – Runner Up Liverpool Tennis Europe Doubles

We have also had several players selected to attend National Camps, as pictured below:

Millie Skelton, Viktor Frydrych, Vlada Kozak, Lily Harper, Jo Mazingham

Players selected to represent Great Britain:

U14 vs Italy – Millie Skelton, Ella McDonald – Jan’19

U14 Winter Cup – Millie Skelton – Feb’19

U12 vs France – Lily Harper – Jan’19

U12 Winter Cup – Lily Harper – Feb’19

All of these players are a credit to Tennis at Bolton Arena and hopefully these successes are just the start of their journeys as tennis players.

Development

Our weekly junior courses have continued to record strong attendances with programme numbers now reaching 290. We have also recently added further classes on a Saturday and Sunday with the aim to try and reach 300 players by Easter. Evidence of the popularity of our adult courses is reflected in the delivery of coaching sessions over 2 evenings instead of 1 due to the increase in demand. The Cardio Tennis sessions which launched in mid-October have also made an encouraging start with lots of parents and gym users attending and trying tennis for the first time.

Tournament Update

After an extremely busy period over Christmas, we hosted an LTA Grade2 U12 27th – 30th December and our own Bolton Arena Christmas Grade 3, between 30th December – 6th January. The event attracted over 300 competitors.

The annual U14 Junior International Bolton commenced on the 11th January until 18th January. This event attracts players from all over the world.

The most recent international tournament was the IFT2 wheelchair event running from 19th – 23rd February.

What’s New?

We have added starter/beginner competitions for junior players who are attending our beginner/intermediate classes. The aim of these is to offer players of all levels the opportunity to compete and gain further experience. We are confident that these competitions will be prove popular and will help enthuse players to continue playing and develop their skills.

What’s Coming Up?

In conjunction with the LTA we have managed to secure our first ITF Pro Series tournament since 2004. This will be our first joint male/ female Pro Series tournament. The last event in 2004 saw a 17 year old Andy Murray in action. Marcos Bagdhatis won the title, an was then ranked 8 in the world just 2 years later, having reached the final of the Australian Open and semi-final of Wimbledon in 2016.

The tournament will attract players with world rankings between 180-280.

The qualifying event is scheduled for Monday 1 April, with main draw starting Tuesday 2 April playing through to the doubles final’s on Saturday 6 April, and singles finals on Sunday 7 April. Play is scheduled to start from 10.00am each day with the order of play confirmed on a daily basis.

Please follow the links below for further information:

Men: https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/men’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100045231

Women: https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/women’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100045250

The player entry list will appear on the links above after the entry deadline on Thursday 14 March.

The tournament will attract players with world rankings between 180-280.

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