Webster underscores impressive 2016 with nationally-ranked win in Nottingham

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A promising tennis player aced the second national (Grade 2) level tournament of the season in Nottingham, underscoring his potential in the sport and capping off a memorable 2016.

Gregor Webster, 12, who plays at Maidenhead Tennis Club and is a student at Furze Platt Senior School, bettered his run to the quarter-finals in October’s event at Gosling Tennis Centre by winning on Wednesday of last week.

This follows on from a fantastic year in which he played for Great Britain in June and was in great form to claim Grade 4 tournament victories in both singles and doubles 16-and-under events in December.

In the first round at Nottingham Webster faced the wild card qualifier Joshua Oakley. He raced ahead, being on the verge of a straight sets victory, when Oakley raised his defence, winning six games in a row and forcing a second set tie break. 

He pulled through, advancing to the second round where he faced Scotland’s Matthew Rankin.

They had a close fought battle in the previous national event two months previously, but Webster upped his game attacking well to achieve a 6-3, 6-0 win this time around.

Webster then moved on to face Christopher Smith in the quarter-finals, where he played faultlessly, winning 6-0 6-0.

In the semi-final Webster faced the No.1 seed, Finn Doyle.

The Furze Platt pupil raised his level again, playing maturely with an invincible all-round game, eventually going on to win impressively 6-2 6-3.

This led the way to the final against Luca Pow, a strong player who had also enjoyed an eye-catching tournament in Nottingham.

The final was a display of some high quality tennis from both players with exciting rallies.

Webster triumphed on the day 6-2, 6-1 to take the title.

This victory means Webster now has enough ranking points to make the end of season Grade 1 tournament (of which there is only one per season) where the top 16 boys in the age group in the country all play each other.

He will also play the last Grade 2 event of the season in Bath in February to try and improve his national ranking.

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