In previous years we have been fortunate enough to have a very strong top four players but this year has possibly seen the greatest strength in depth in boys’ U13 tennis in recent times. This is all the more encouraging for next season, as only one of the boys who represented the school will be ineligible for this age group next season.
In addition to the main Aegon competition we have also fielded a second team on a number of occasions and played in friendly fixtures against several schools, including playing for the first time away on the grass courts against the older pupils from Winchester College.
In the Aegon tournament we were drawn against Perins, Romsey, Toynbee, Ballard and Thornden. Perins, Romsey and Ballard were beaten without KES dropping a set. Toynbee were put to the sword 5 sets to 1. This left only Thornden between KES and the regional finals, for the first time since 2009. Over recent years the balance of power has swung back and forth in these fixtures. Following a rescheduling, due to the adverse weather conditions early in the term, a depleted KES team took to the Astroturf courts on a cool evening. While all players acquitted themselves well, Thornden proved too strong and took the fixture 5 sets to 1, thus ending our ambitions in the Aegon tournament this year.
If the same group of players can stick together next year, KES must be one of the favourites to recapture the Hampshire U13 boys’ tennis title.