Babolat Cup 2019 Winner’s Announced
The Babolat Cup UK hosted its fifth annual tournament at the Edgbaston Priory Club in September 2019. In attendance were a fantastic group of competitive and enthusiastic players who fought hard in every match. We were lucky enough to have the British weather on our side, with the sun and a blue sky providing beautiful playing conditions. Massive congratulations to the 2019 Babolat Cup UK Champions, Alfie King and Francesca Simpson!
The two-day event saw a total of 56 matches played across indoor acrylic and outdoor clay, leading to a whole host of exciting contests.
In the girl’s draw, number 1 seed, Sofia Maine opened the weekend with a very strong start, dropping only two games in 4 sets. At the other end of the draw, it was Francesca Simpson who equalled Sofia’s strong start by also only dropping 2 games in her first two matches. Jogaile Juknaite was the sole winner against a seed, putting in an impressive performance against returning Babolat Cup player, Cadey Morgan. Both displayed some wonderful tennis, with Jogaile progressing into the next round. Fourth seed, Isabelle Britton, opened her Babolat Cup campaign with a very professional straight sets victory in both of her matches.
For the boys, there were some equally impressive opening campaigns, seeing both number 1 and 2 seeds, Leo Silverston and Alfie King winning both rounds in straight sets. Ferran Redza and Anthony Longjohn, our 3rd and 4th seeds, exhibited some superb performances too, both making their way to the semi-finals without dropping a set.
Day 2 opened with the semi-finals for both main draw and consolation, all matches anticipated to produce some close-fought battles. In the girl’s consolation semi’s, Mika Stojsavljevic found some good form, overcoming a tough opponent in Annie Watson. The other semi was an opportunity for Cadey to demonstrate some fantastic tennis, winning in straight sets to set up a final against Mika. For anyone watching this match, it was nothing short of thrilling, with both players giving it their all, which was reflected in the score line. Cadey became our 2019 Babolat Cup Girl’s Consolation winner with a 3-6 6-4 10-8 victory, congratulations!
On the boy’s side, Matthew Upton got his ticket to the consolation final after coming through against a passionate opponent in Raheem Shahzada. In the final, Matthew came up against Liam Channon who had displayed some quality point play over the weekend. A three-set classic resulted in Matthew becoming our 2019 Babolat Cup Boy’s Consolation winner with a 6-3 3-6 10-3 win, congratulations!
Onto the main draw semi’s and spectators were treated to a three-set epic between Sofia-Maine and Isabelle Britton. After a one hour, forty-minute battle, it was Isabelle who advanced onto the 2019 final 5-7 6-4 10-6. At the final, Isabelle would face Francesca Simpson who had continued her impressive charge to the final, not dropping a set the whole way. Both Isabelle and Francesca demonstrated an intelligent range of tennis abilities, looking to outwit each other on the court. It was the number two seed that ultimately won the Championship match 6-3 6-3, congratulations!
For the boy’s semi-finals, it was Feran Redza who secured the first spot in the final with a bold performance against Leo Silverston. Competing hard for the remaining spot in the final was Alfie King and Anthony Longjohn who both brought great skills to the table. Alfie put on a notable display of imposing tennis, setting the stage for an exciting final. Ultimately, Alfie King took the match to become our 2019 Babolat Cup Boy’s Champion, congratulations!
We would like to say a big thank you to Leyla Ogan of Edgbaston Priory for their help in hosting our event and this fantastic venue. In addition, special thanks to our tournament referee, Bev Lancaster and her officials’ team for their hard work towards the tournament. Our qualifying counties and Grade 3’s also deserve a massive thank you for helping to make our tournament possible. Finally, thank you to the players and parents who came, it was a real pleasure to have you at our event.
To our 2019 champions, we look forward to seeing you at The Queen’s Club for the 2020 Fever-Tree Champions for your exclusive prize experience.