Parents’ Day Tennis Finals

By Graeme Coulter, Head of Tennis

On Saturday the finals of the intra school tennis tournaments were contested, with parents able to come and watch for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Six finals were contested over the course of six hours.

Harry Hornsby and Nikolas Beecham took on Hari Walton and Tommy Hornsby in the boys doubles. The youngsters from Dunhurst played to a truly outstanding level to win 6-0, 1-6, 10-5. The mixed doubles was very closely contested by Paddy Arrowsmith, Sasha Arney, Tobias Bonham Carter and Jade Mark. This final was a brilliant match where momentum flowed form one pair to the other. It was eventually won by Paddy and Sasha 6-4, 6-7, 10-5. Grace Vernor-Miles, Lally Arengo-Jones, Sasha Arney and Alisia Leach played the girls doubles final. This was another close match where either side could have won, but Grace and Lally held their nerve to win for the second year running 6-4, 7-6.

The junior girls singles was played between Lola Mackay and Rebekah Leach. This was an outstanding match and both girls showed amazing grit and determination to compete through injuries. Rebekah was victorious after nearly two hours 6-4, 3-6, 10-6. The Junior Boys singles was contested between Nikolas Beecham and Hari Walton. Both players played very well with Hari winning in straight sets.

The final match of the day was the senior boys singles. This was played between Tobias Bonham Carter and Hari Walton. This was the best final I have seen since the introduction of the intra school tennis tournaments 12 years ago. Hari won his third title of the day 6-4, 7-6, but credit to both players who were absolutely outstanding. I could not have been more proud of all those involved. You were a huge credit to Bedales Tennis and Bedales School as a whole.

Match report: South Regional Team Tennis Play-offs, 25.09.2019

By Graeme Coulter, Head of Tennis

On Wednesday, Harry Hornsby, Paddy Arrowsmith, Tobias Bonham Carter and Milo Whittle travelled to the White Horse tennis centre in Abingdon to represent Hampshire at the South Regional Team Tennis Play-offs.

The boys started well, winning three of their four singles to take a 3-1 lead against Farringdon. A very professional performance in the doubles from Harry and Paddy followed to complete the victory and confirm our place in the final.

The final saw us come up against a very good Bradfield side, who won the first singles to take the lead. However Bedales hit back with a huge win from Milo, not giving up on a single ball and securing his biggest singles win to date. Paddy recomposed himself from a mid set wobble to emphatically dispatched Bradfields number two seed and give Bedales the lead. Tobias put in a monumental effort, however couldn’t quite convert his match point, and Bradfield drew level heading into the doubles. Bradfield took the first doubles. Harry and Paddy fell just short, losing a match point to level the match and eventually lost the definitive doubles to make it 4-2 Bradfield.

The boys were outstanding from start to finish and could not have applied themselves better. They were an exceptional representation of the school and should be very proud of what they achieved in the last year of tennis.

Tennis update: 24-29 June 2019

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By Graeme Coulter, Head of Tennis

A very busy week for tennis last week. U15 girls drew 3-3 with Portsmouth Grammar School (PGS), while the U15 boys won 8-1, also against PGS. U15 girls lost 4-2 in an excellent match against St Swithuns in the Hampshire semi-final. The match went down to the wire and unfortunately we fell just short in the tie break. Huge congratulations to Romilly White, Eliza Mcfarlane, Alisia Leach and Sasha Arney, who played some brilliant tennis throughout the year to get to the semi-finals.

Our annual school tennis finals (pictured) took place on Parents’ Day in the scorching heat. A massive congratulations to all those involved for persevering through the heat and producing some wonderful tennis.

Senior Boys Singles: Oscar Golblatt beat Lev Borisovets

Senior Girls Singles: Illy Verdon-Roe beat Romilly White

Junior Boys Singles: Paddy Arrowsmith beat Hari Walton

Junior Girls Singles: Romilly White beat Sasha Arney

Team Tennis Event: Oscar Goldblatt, Eliza Goodfellow, Tobias Bonham Carter, Lally Argengo Jones beat Lev Borisovets, Hannah Mazas, Harry Hornsby, Eliza Mcfarlane

Girls Doubles: Meadow Ridley and Lola Pilkington beat Romilly White and Eliza Mcfarlane

Boys Doubles: Final not played. Lev Borisovets and Hari Walton win by default

Mixed Doubles: Lev Borisovets and Romilly White beat Oscar Goldblatt and Thea Levine

Mentor-Mentee Doubles: Lev Borisovets and Paddy Arrowsmith beat Oscar Goldblatt and Harry Hornsby