TENNIS: Grantham King’s School perform valiantly at national finals

King's School tennis team.
King's School tennis team.
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King’s School performed valiantly at the National Schools Senior Tennis Championships at Bolton, up against the best schools from England, Wales and Scotland.

Back in September, the King’s began their campaign with a 12-0 victory over Priory Ruskin Academy. The side followed this up with a number of impressive victories in the knock ut rounds against top independent schools including Nottingham High School and Rugby School. They qualified for the national finals with a victory against Magdalen College, Oxford. The final was a 3 day tournament, held in Bolton, that included

The squad, consisting of Michael Cragg (Year 13), Oliver White (Year 12), Joe Patton, Lewis Picker and Elliot Smith-Rasmussen (Year 11) had done exceptionally well to even get to the finals, but were not content in just taking part in the three-day tournament.

They beat Stanwell School 8-4 in their first group match with singles wins from White, Picker and Patton and a doubles win for Patton/Picker. King Edward’s, Chelmsford, were up next and the Grantham team again triumphed convincingly (10-2), with all four players winning their singles to add to a doubles win again by Patton/Picker.

This set up a group decider against Truro School for a place in the final. Patton/Picker made it three from three doubles wins and Picker again won his singles – which meant he maintained a 100 per cent record all the way through the competition. Unfortunately, despite valiant efforts, the other three were just pipped by their opponents, so King’s lost the match 8-4.

Truro went on to win the final, beating last year’s winners Strathallan School, from Scotland.

Head of Year 11 and PE and psychology teacher Gareth Collins said: “The boys were a credit to both the sport and the school, demonstrating not only exceptionally high skill levels but a level of sportsmanship unrivalled by their opposition – a true King’s performance.”