Babolat Cup UK 2018 Winners Announced
The fifth annual Babolat Cup UK showcased a weekend of high-calibre tennis. Qualifiers from around the country competed in September 2018 for the ultimate prize, a trip to Roland Garros in 2019.
Unfortunately for the second year in a row the tournament was relocated indoors on the first day of play due to the heavy rainfall. Thankfully despite the rain outside the mood within the indoor tennis centre was not dampened with some fantastic first round matches on show.
In the boys’ draw, the top two seeds came in the form of familiar faces of Luca Bluett and Viktor Frydych both participating in the Babolat Cup Finals for the second year running. After receiving their welcome gifts and having a quick warm up both were able to come through unscathed in the first round without the loss of a set. The match of the round in the boys came from young gun Alfie King who managed to overcome the returning and fifth seed Arthur Manson, from a set down to keep his nerve in the final match tiebreak prevailing 12-10. In round two of the boys draw Alfie showed further fighting qualities coming through in a hard fought three set win. Elsewhere the three remaining seeds showed great quality again coming through in straights to make it through to the semi-finals on Sunday.
The first round of the girls draw saw all four seeds come through the draw in straight sets with solid performances throughout. Round two in the girls saw highly competitive matches with three out of the four matches going to third set championship tiebreaks. Number one seed Anjali Kotecha winning 10-8 in the championship’s tiebreak over Mimi Xu, while Cadey Morgan and the returning Amelie Brooks both take the final set tiebreaks 10-4 and 10-5 respectively. Mia Wainwright continued to show good form overcoming the number 2 seed Sarah Copley in dominant fashion.
After a long day of competing, Saturday night saw the return of the players party with fan favourite Phil Taylor (magician, not darts player!) present entertaining players and parents alike. The wimbJuggledon competition was also back in full action with Owen Lodge taking home the signed Johanna Konta racquet after showing his touch and control in the competition. That night saw Anthony Joshua step into the ring to defend his heavyweight world titles although come the Sunday plenty more hard hitting and heavy weight blows were to be on show in the business end of the Babolat Cup Finals.
First up on court saw number 1 seed Luca Bluett versus the fourth seed Luke Hooper, while 2nd seed Viktor Frydych versus Alfie King. After his battling performances on the Saturday Alfie was unable to keep his run going with Viktor coming through to go one step better than the previous year to make the finals, where he would meet Luke Hooper who managed to defy the seedings!
In the girl’s semi-finals, one seed Anjali Kotecha faced third seed local Cadey Morgan while third seed Amelie Brooks took on the unseeded Mia Wainwright. As expected, both semi-final matches proved to be extremely tight affairs with the players splitting the first couple of sets each leading to championship tiebreaks. With nothing to choose between them both tiebreaks were highly contested with a couple points here and there making all the difference. It was Cadey and Mia who just managed to edge their matches with Cadey coming through 10-7 in the third while Mia snuck it 10-8.
In the boy’s finals, saw an extremely high-quality boys match with Viktor Frydch prevailing in two close sets 7-5 6-4 to become our 2018 boys Babolat Cup Champion. In the girls it was Mia Wainwright who managed to take the title, and in the process of doing so become the first unseeded player to win the Babolat Cup Finals.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Edgbaston Priory, Leyla Ogan and the rackets team for allowing us to host our event at their prestigious venue. We would also like to thank our referee, Bev Lancaster, and her team of officials for their hard work over the weekend which saw challenges caused by the weather.
Another successful Babolat Cup UK in the books. Thank you to all competitors and parents for taking part in a great weekend and we can’t wait to see our two champions at Roland Garros next year!