A host of youngsters decided to give the Royal Wedding a miss in order to compete in this year’s Rising Stars tournament held at Portslade Sports Centre on the 19th and 20th of May, although they were home in time on the Saturday to watch the FA cup final.
It was great to see so many Under 11’s give their all and play with such enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment. Daniel Hitchcock played well throughout to take the boys’ singles and Amelia Roberts took gold in the girls’ singles. In the U11 doubles Daniel won gold again partnered by Hadley Davis in the boys’, whilst Ines Dobson took gold with partner Kathryn Ticehurst in the girls.
At the other end of the spectrum Thomas Neville put in a powerful performance to take gold in the U17 boys’ singles winning in three sets against Nathan Davidson. Then Thomas repeated his gold medal winning form in the U17 boys’ doubles with partner Kelsey Burgess.
The U15 boys’ singles drew the most entries and the event was dominated by Henry Wong and Cameron Matthews, with Henry just edging out Cameron to take gold. The pair then stormed though the doubles beating Joel Butler and Drew Hammersley in the final. The U15 girls saw Aryaki Saykhedkar take gold in the singles and repeat the performance in the doubles with partner Yohansa Bandaranayake.
A commanding effort saw Arjun Kolani take gold in the U13 boys’ singles. Arjun also took gold in the U13 boys doubles with partner Noah Dobson. Precision serving saw Eloise Kay win gold in the U13 girls singles.
Results in full
Boys’ singles: Gold – Daniel Hitchcock, Silver – Lawrence St Louis
Plate: First – Hadley Davis, Second – Dillon Newbold
Girls’ singles: Gold – Amelia Roberts, Silver – Ines Dobson
Boys’ doubles: Gold – Daniel Hitchcock and Hadley Davis, Silver – Owen Potts and Theeran Loganathan
Girls’ doubles: Gold – Ines Dobson and Kathryn Ticehurst, Silver – Amelia Roberts and Lola To
Boys’ singles: Gold – Arjun Kolani, Silver – Curtis Lynam
Plate: First – Alfie Stretton, Second – Charlie Lewis
Girls’ singles: Gold – Eloise Kay, Silver – Ruby Markey
Boys’ doubles: Gold – Arjun Kolani and Noah Dobson, Silver – Alfie Stretton and Curtis Lynam
Boys’ singles: Gold – Henry Wong, Silver – Cameron Matthews
Plate: First – Dale Upton, Second – Reuben MacClaren
Girls’ singles: Gold – Aryaki Saykhedkar, Silver – Yohansa Badaranayake
Boys’ doubles: Gold – Henry Wong and Cameron Matthews, Silver – Joel Butler and Drew Hammersley
Girls’ doubles: Gold – Aryaki Saykhedkar and Yohansa Bandaranayake, Silver – Millie Whiteside and Lilly Wingrove
Boys’ singles: Gold – Thomas Neville, Silver – Nathan Davidson
Plate: First – Kelsey Burgess, Second – Callum Corney
Boys’ doubles: Gold – Thomas Neville and Kelsey Burgess, Silver – Joshua Farley and Ayden Lipscombe