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Sports report: Years 8-10 at Kent Tennis Finals 2017

The Hayesbrook School U13 and U15 tennis teams made history this week by making it to the Kent Schools Tennis Finals for the first time.

With timed matches, the boys had to win as many games as possible as a doubles pair to win each rubber. There were 6 schools, which meant 5 rubbers for each school. David and James were playing a year up again and in their last match were up against a 6'5" Year 10 opponent, who was able to pull out kick serves for fun! Kieron and Luke ran for every shot on the clay courts, however neither of the pairs were able to take a rubber from their 5 matches. They did win games throughout the day but not enough to take a match.

The U13s started with a thrilling match against the eventual winners of the tournament and came within seconds of winning, but Ben and Jamie were just beaten on the deciding point. They went on to win one of the rubbers, winning 5-2. This was the same for Oli and Tom.

Despite being up against players who train every week and have LTA ratings, it was a great experience for the boys and they all, at somepoint in the day, produced some fine tennis.

The boys who have been regularly turning up to tennis club and playing for the school teams were treated to a day out at the Aegon tennis championships in Eastbourne on Wednesday 28 June. We avoided the rain and took our seats on Court no.1.

We saw some excellent tennis. Big names included Simona Halep and Richard Gasquet on court. During the change of matches, some of the boys wondered around the courts and managed to get a glimpse of Novak Djokovic as he was walking off Centre Court.

A thoroughly enjoyable day!