Byfleet Junior Players by Clare Parnham

Byfleet Tennis Club can currently boast one of the strongest performance squads of junior boys in the county and the region. The group of boys, nearly 20 strong, train under the guidance of Matt McCombe most days of the week. The squad have coalesced around a group of boys that Matt has coached for a number of years and who have been competing successfully at national level, as well as bringing home recent County Cup trophies for Surrey in the 18U, 14U and 12U age groups.

 

Matt has done a great deal for these players over the years, coaching, running high quality squads and taking them each summer to tournaments in Jersey and Torbay. He has helped engender a team spirit and camaraderie which the boys enjoy and which has made Byfleet club the most popular club in the county for the top Surrey boys.

 

In the forthcoming team tennis season the 18U boys team have been placed in the top South East tier along with five other teams. Only the Byfleet and the Westside teams are from traditional tennis clubs as opposed to LTA regional academies.  Teams are placed in different tiers of the competition based on the national rankings of their top six nominated players. The six boys nominated to represent Byfleet were Eliot, David, Robert , Haruki, Harry and Krisnaa.

 

The competition will be tough with the opening fixture away to the West Hants Tennis Academy in Bournemouth. Our boys also travel to play the Batchwood Tennis Academy in St Albans and will be home to Delta Tennis Academy from Swindon (27th April), Bromley Tennis Academy (4th May) and Westside Club (30th June). The start times will be advertised on the club boards, nearer the time.

 

There should be some excellent tennis to watch and the boys would welcome home support from club members.

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