Welcome to our page dedicated to the 2018 School Games National Finals for wheelchair tennis! This tournament is one of the most prestigious events on the calendar for Britain’s junior players as some of the most talented young players in the country take to the courts in Loughborough with medals at stake!
DAY 3 – SUNDAY 2 SEPTEMBER
Live stream coverage of today’s wheelchair tennis finals, featuring some of our leading junior players, has now finished, but you can replay all the action below as Ben Bartram won the Boys’ Singles gold medal and Ruby Bishop claimed the Girls’ Singles gold medal.
Final singles and doubles results and draws are published below. For more on the Games, visit the dedicated website.
Results Update – Sunday Day 3
Boys’ Singles Final – Ben Bartram beat Greg Slade 5-3, 4-2
Girls’ Singles Final – Ruby Bishop beat Abbie Breakwell 4-2, 1-4, (10-7)
Boys’ Doubles Final – Ben Bartram/Greg Slade beat Ross Gourley/Nathan McCabe 4-1, 4-1
Girls’ Doubles Final – Abbie Breakwell/Martha Harris beat Ruby Bishop/Lilly Folland 5-3, 4-1
The Wheelchair Tennis athletes have been sensational at #2018SG 👏
— School Games (@_SchoolGames) September 2, 2018
Final Draws after Day 3
DAY 2 – SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER
Live coverage of today’s second day of play on Court 1 is over, but you can replay all today’s fantastic Court 1 singles and doubles action below. You can also find links to the updated results and draws below, as well as Sunday’s Order of Play for finals day.
To book tickets for Sunday’s final day, visit the dedicated website.
Updated Draws after Day 2
Day wrap – Saturday
Ben Bartram and Greg Slade (left) will meet in the boys’ singles final and pair up as a team for the boys’ doubles final on Sunday at the National School Games Finals at Loughborough University, while Ruby Bishop and Abbie Breakwell will be on opposite sides of the net in the girls’ singles and double finals.
Top seed Bartam, Slade, second seed Dahnon Ward and 2017 men’s singles gold medallist Ross Gourley all recorded comfortable quarter-final wins early on the second morning..
However, the competition proved much tougher for all four semi-finalists as Bartam ended Gourley’s bid for a second singles gold medal 5-4, 2-4, (14-12), converting his fourth match point during a deciding match tie-break.
Slade made a fine comeback in his semi-final for a 1-4, 4-2, (11-9) victory over second seed Dahnon Ward after another match tie-break.
Unbeaten in both her matches on Friday’s first day of play, Breakwell continued her winning streak on Saturday, defeating Martha Harris and Wales’s Lilly Folland to finish top of the girls’ singles round-robin pool, while Bishop (pictured right) also beat Harris and Scotland’s Ellie Robertson to finish her round-robin matches with just the one loss to Breakwell. The two players will meet again for the gold medal, while Folland and Robertson will play for the bronze medal.
England’s Bartram and Slade and Ulster’s 2017 silver medallists Gourley and Nathan McCabe will play for the boys’ doubles gold medal after both partnerships earned straight sets wins in their quarter and semi-finals.
Brishop and Folland will play the all-England partnership of Breakwell and Martha Harris for the girls’ doubles gold medal.
DAY 1 – FRIDAY 31 AUGUST
Live coverage of today’s play on Court 1 is now over and the action can be replayed below. A round-up of Day 1 and the latest results and draws can be found below. To see Saturday’s Order of Play, click on the link below.
To book tickets for the rest of the weekend, visit the dedicated website.
Day 1 Wrap – Friday
2017 boys’ singles gold medallist Ross Gourley and silver medallist Alex Chaston will play each other in this year’s quarter-finals when Saturday’s second day of wheelchair tennis gets underway at the National School Games Finals at Loughborough University.
Six England players and two Ulster players will vie for places in the boys’ semi-finals after a fantastic first day of play on Friday during which Gourley was one of four players to earn 4-0, 4-0 first round wins.
British Open Junior finalists and School Games top seeds Ben Bartram (left) and Dahnon Ward also reached the last eight without dropping a game, as did Gourley’s fellow Ulster teammate Nathan McCabe.
However, it was a very different story for England Blue’s Josh Johns and England White’s Oliver Cox, who both showed great determination to prevail after deciding match tie-breaks. Johns and Cox now play Bartram and 2017 bronze medallist Ward, respectively. England’s Greg Slade will challenge McCabe in the other quarter-final.
All five players representing England, Scotland and Wales in the girls’ singles contested at least one deciding match tie-break during a thrilling first day of round-robin competition. The day ended with 2016 gold medallist and 2017 silver medallist Abbie Breakwell (right) unbeaten after her first two matches of the weekend.
Breakwell’s two wins included a 5-3, 1-4, (10-8) victory over fellow England player and 2017 bronze medallist Ruby Bishop. Bishop, Martha Harris and Lilly Folland all completed the opening day of play with one win apiece.
The partnerships of Bartram and Slade and Johns and Ward each claimed 4-0, 4-0 wins to set up a boys’ doubles semi-final between themselves. Gourley and McCabe, the doubles silver medallists last year, face England’s Christie Macmanus and Diarmuid Murphy in the other boys’ doubles semi-final.
The National School Games Finals is a multi-sport event for the UK’s most talented school-age athletes. Wheelchair tennis is one of 11 different sports featured, with a total of over 1,000 elite junior athletes competing over four days at Loughborough University from 30 August to 2 September. Wheelchair Tennis is fast becoming one of the core School Games sports; it is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world and integrates easily with non-disabled tennis, since it can be played on any regular tennis court, with no modifications to rackets or balls.
To read our full preview of the wheelchair tennis event, click here.
The draws for the 2018 School Games Finals see Ulster’s Ross Gourley, the defending boy’s singles champion, drawn against England’s Lucas Town in the first round of a tournament full of talent. Those aiming to take the title from Gourley include last year’s runner-up Alex Chaston, world no.42 Dahanon Ward, who defeated the world No.8 on his GB debut earlier this year, and the in-form 2018 British Open Junior champion Ben Bartram.
In the girls singles, 2018 British open winner Abbie Breakwell will be looking to continue her success and reclaim the School Games title she won in 2016 after finishing runner-up last year, but will face tough competition from Ruby Bishop, Lilly Folland, Martha Harris and Ellie Robertson.
21 wheelchair tennis players have been selected to compete in Wheelchair Tennis at the 2018 School Games National Finals –
There will be six teams representing England, Scotland, Ulster and Wales at the 2018 School Games, all players aged 18 years or under at the commencement of the competition. There will be individual events for Boys Singles and Girls Singles with main draw and play-off matches taking place on Friday and Saturday, with medal matches on the final day. Boys and Girls Doubles will follow the same format.
The athletes will be mentored by GB Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis athlete Louise Hunt – click here for a great interview with Louise!
- Abbie Breakwell
- Zak Corbishley
- Martha Harris
- Josh Johns
- Lucas Town
- Dahnon Ward
- Lewis Evans
- Bradley Hodgson
- Christie MacManus
- Ben Bartram
- Ruby Bishop
- Alex Chaston
- Oliver Cox
- Greg Slade
- Ben Flannagan
- Ellie Robertson
- Ross Gourley
- Nathan McCabe
- Lilly Folland
About the Event
The School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and Home Country Sports Councils and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, was established in 2006 after London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and formed a key part of the legacy programme.
Some of Britain’s biggest sporting stars have previously competed at the School Games before going onto international success, including Ellie Simmons, Jonnie Peacock, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Adam Peaty.
In the lead up to the event, Youth Sport Trust CEO Ali Oliver said:
“The School Games has provided a fantastic springboard for some of the most talented school-age athletes. This year’s Commonwealth Games in Melbourne proved just that, with over 200 graduates of the School Games Finals competing across the home countries, bagging 85 medals and had they competed as one team, they would have finished just ahead of Canada in fourth place.”
“We really hope that this year’s School Games Finals will showcase some of the talent that we’ll see in Tokyo and again in Birmingham in 2022, at the next Commonwealth Games.”
Tickets are still available for the 2018 School Games Finals at Loughborough University. For more information visit the dedicated website.