Experience wins the day as 10is Academy suffer opening day blow

10is Academy of Ely vs Cambridge Academy

The 10U mixed team for 10is Academy who played Cambridge Academy. - Credit: 10is Academy

Despite the bright skies, fortunes on the court were not so forthcoming after opening day defeat for one of 10is Academy’s junior teams. 

After going 3-1 down following the first round of matches, the Ely club failed to recover and lost 9-1 to Cambridge Academy in LTA National League Regional Division Two on Saturday. 

Sebastien Scaux, head coach at 10is Academy, said: “Experience won the day. 

10is Academy of Ely vs Cambridge Academy

A couple of players who featured for 10is Academy's 10U mixed doubles' team vs Cambridge Academy. - Credit: 10is Academy

“Three out of four of our players never played any official matches before. Cambridge Academy played better than we did; they were solid.” 

However, the 12U boys’ team, who were involved in a thrilling contest with Peterborough City in Division One. did win. 

Alex Shackleton, 10is Academy’s number one player, had won the first match 7-5.

But after losing the second set, the Peterborough player held his nerve to clinch the third set 11-9 having saved two match points in what was the longest match of the league so far at two hours and 26 minutes.

10is Academy Ely vs Peterborough

10is Academy's 12U boys team were involved in a thrilling match against Peterborough City in the National League. - Credit: 10is Academy

10is Academy Ely vs Peterborough

10is Academy's 12U boys team were involved in a thrilling match against Peterborough City in the National League. - Credit: 10is Academy

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In doubles’ competition, there was less drama for Cassius Pennington and Jeremy Harvey, joined by Alexander Wallart, who won 7-6, 6-1, 6-4, eventually winning by a score of 8-4. 

10is Academy’s men’s team return to court at Cambridge on Sunday, May 9, the 12U boys return to action on May 16 while the nine & under mixed play on May 23. 

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