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Tennis: Form deserts Mold’s Mathew James at county cup

RISING tennis star Mathew James found the going tough as he tried to lift North Wales to glory in Division One of the AEGON Winter County Cup at Hertfordshire.

The 20-year-old, of Mold, won his opening game against Northumberland’s Matthew Lott in straight sets but fell in a tie break when he teamed up with Christopher Hales, 17, against the Dominic Sutton and John Thompson.

Nevertheless, North Wales won the opening match overall 5-4 to give them a good solid start.

On day two North Wales faced Cornwall, James again stepping up first.

But he found in opponent Tim Webster a determined rival and again he succumbed to defeat in three sets, despite looking like he was into his stride when he won the second 6-1.

In the doubles his difficult day was completed when again, paired up with Hales, they lost in straight sets to Andrew Hill and Daniel Elston. Despite this North Wales still won 5-4.

Form had deserted James by the time the final match came around against Berkshire and he lost his opening match 6-4, 7-6 to Marcus Willis as North Wales suffered a 5-2 defeat.

The Schools Tennis Roadshow is coming to Wrexham Tennis Academy for one of only two events held in Wales next year.

The roadshow will visit 16 towns and cities across Great Britain to showcase the support available to schools who wish to offer tennis to pupils.

Every school that attends will receive an information pack including £50-worth of free Schools Tennis equipment vouchers, entry into a prize draw to win one of 100 Schools Tennis Equipment Packs and entry into a prize draw to win a pair of Wimbledon tickets.

Places can only be booked online at www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/schools andcolleges/roadshow/