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19th September 2014

It has been a fantastic season for some of our young tennis players, three of whom have been particularly active on their playing circuits during the summer months.

First to be congratulated is Seb Linnitt of Prep 3 (pictured) who won the title of Devon County Champion (under 8) in a tournament open to all players in Devon. He was also the winner of the Flybe Mini Masters (under 8) competition, which comprised 9 tennis tournaments from April to August. Seb held the top of the Devon leaderboard position (out of 71 players) for almost all of the season, and so qualified for the finals, which saw the top 8 players from each of Devon and Cornwall competing for the title. Seb played some exceptional tennis on the day and won the trophy, beating the only player in Devon in his age group he hadn’t beaten previously, and also beating the Cornwall County Champion.

Seb only started competing in tennis tournaments this year so he has achieved a lot to be recognised as one of the top players in his age group in such a short space of time. Credit must also be given to our resident tennis coaches Mark Syms and David Palmer with whom Seb trains regularly.

Beth Cooper from Year 8 managed to play in no fewer than 8 tournaments over the summer, including 7 regional and 1 national competition. She won two of these tournaments  (Great Missenden and Burnham on Sea) and got through to the semi-finals or finals in all the others. As a result of her efforts Beth is currently ranked 22nd in Great Britain for her age.

Meanwhile, Emily Syms of Year 7 continues to excel. She was selected for and attended national training sessions held at the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton. She was also selected once again for Aegon sponsorship, being one of only 7 girls in her age group and the only Devon girl of any age to be sponsored. Emily also competed in her first Tennis Europe event and is currently in the top 10 girls in Great Britain for her age.

These are magnificent achievements. Congratulations to all 3 pupils!