Pupil Victorious in Superb Wimbledon Display
Stamford School pupil, William Bourne (Year 13), represented the Independent Schools Tennis Association (ISTA) in a match against the All England Lawn Tennis Club, held at Wimbledon. He was selected from players at the ISTA Championships held annually at Eton College where around 250 boys represent 60 schools.
The day consisted of a set-long match against two of the three pairs and then a two set match against the opposite number pair. William, partnering Culford’s Tom Fisher for the first time, narrowly lost their first match to pair two from the All England club (AELTC). Then, gaining momentum, saw victory against pair three, 6-2, 7-6.
With the score after the second round standing at three all, both teams had everything to play for in this friendly but closely contested fixture. ISTA pair one pulled off a victory but the school’s second pair lost so, with a score of 4 all, the focus was on the final set between Bourne and Fisher and AELTC pair one that included Barry Cowan, ex-professional tennis player, and his partner, Harvard graduate Michael Kalfayan. Without any twists and turns, the match was all square at 6 games with all payers holding serve. With the crowds of supporters building up along the walkway of Court 5, the tie-break lived up to expectation, thrilling and exciting!
The AELTC had several match points but the ISTA boys held their nerve and took the match to 8-8. A few points in a row for Bourne and Fisher gave them a confidence boost, with some excellent shots from both players, ending with a volley interception winner from Fisher to win the match for the ISTA boys.
Reflecting on the match, William said: “This was the first ISTA victory vs. the AELTC team for eight years. With the match played in good spirit, players, coaches, family and supporters could not have wished for a more exciting match. It was a day to remember and a fantastic way to round off seven years of great tennis for me at Stamford School.”