Returning to defend his title, Gus James narrowly missed out on claiming the National Schools Real Tennis Award today as he partnered Henry Sunderland at the Queen’s Club, London yesterday. Matthew Pitteway reported: “Gus won the event last year when he partnered Monty (leaver 2018) and looked in good form in the first match – a fairly comfortable win over the Oratory School. The second game against Wellington was another fairly comfortable win and we seemed on course to win our division with some ease.
Our last league match against a youthful St Paul’s team started promisingly as we won the first game. However, some excellent play by their pair and some poor shot selections and executions by Gus and Henry saw us lose pretty quickly 6-1 (although four of the games went to deuce).
We qualified as runner up in our division and played Canford in the semi-final. We played superbly and won that game comfortably 6-4 setting up a final against ………. St Paul’s (again).
We had high hopes that the final would bring out the best in our pair and the nerves in our opponents but that was not the case and (like the earlier game) St Paul’s won the final 6-1.
Well done to both Gus and Henry for playing so well and getting so close today. We were one of the youngest pairs at the tournament and this bodes well for the future!”