French Open Under 14 Champion 2017 – Ollie JamesonOver Easter weekend two of our juniors, William Flynn and Ollie Jameson descended on Fontainebleau to try to defeat the French, somewhat ironically amidst the weekends Napoleon celebrations.
Those who have made the trip before will know the court is vast and has some interesting bounces compared to our beloved home court but the boys found their feet and made good progress. In the U16s, Will cruised through his group before finally being turned over in a close semi by fellow Brit and eventual winner, Freddie Bristowe.
Due to some of the French running scared, Will also stepped into the U18 qualifiers and having come through that came up against the French favourite Victor Lethulier, playing off 21 h’cap. Whilst British hopes were high, on paper Will had less chance than England winning a football tournament. But….the next 30mins were some of the best junior tennis any of the crowd have had the pleasure of watching. Will eventually lost to the clock, being 5-3 down but very much in the ascendancy when the dreaded “guillotine dropped”. The French lad went onto win the tournament comfortably and the final 10-1..!
During all this Ollie Jameson, after a somewhat laboured start, progressed without incident to Sunday’s final where he was up against a up and coming player from Paris, Noe Eslamdoust, who had comfortably won the U12 section. After a night’s rest Ollie showed he had remembered how to move his feet and played very solidly to win 6-0 and take the U14 title to ensure 2 of the four age group titles made their way back across the channel to Blighty.
It was a brilliant weekend of tennis run by the local pros, Eric and Lilian, and we hope to entertain a team of juniors from F’Bleau/Paris in the near future.
If you are ever in the area, do give them a call and go and play there, it is a great experience and you will be very well looked after.