The Cambridgeshire boys team of Harry Wendelken, Charlie James, Nick Ghaznavi, Vincent Chen, Alex Wardley, Jan Ortonowski, Zach Cox and Sam Clark were in Norwich and the Easton Tennis Centre for this years U18 County Cup group 4b.
On day 1, the Cambridge Boys got off to a winning start, beating Oxfordshire 8 rubbers to 1. On the second day they went one step better, beating Wiltshire 9-0. That set up a promotion battle with Norfolk on the final day. The team kept up their dominant form and raced into a 5 rubbers to 0 lead and with it promotion into division 3!
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Another impressive run to an ITF Grade 4 title was achieved by Harry Wendelken. The Cambridgeshire player, who turned 15 in December, was already ranked high enough to gain an 11th seeding position in Hamburg, and came out top after several hard fought 3 setters in the closing rounds.
First he eased past Guido Marson (ITA)(5) in Round 3 before seeing off the top seeded German Bastien Presuhn 7-5 in the 3rd. A bizarre scoreline of 0-6 6-0 6-2 followed against the Greek Alexandros Skorilas (4) before Harry notched his first ITF title against Lenard Soha (HUN) 7-6 2-6 6-2.
Wendelken is one of a number of prominent Brits in this age group, including Jack Draper (ITF 83) and Anton Matusevich (ITF 152), but has perhaps been sailing along underneath the radar. This win gives notice of his winning abilities; improves his confidence and his ranking by 117 places; and serves notice of his undoubted potential.
In 2015 and 2016 Seniors Tennis GB (STGB) ran an initiative in association with the LTA and a number of County Associations, designed to encourage more adults over 35 years old to play more tennis more often. The aim was to support ideas which would encourage adults to take up tennis through allocating grants up to £500 for the club or facility to help develop programmes. Overall this has been very successful so we are repeating the exercise in 2017.
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