Jones guides Bri­tain to fi­nal

Bath Chronicle - - SPORT -

Uni­ver­sity of Bath sport­ing scholar Ben Jones helped Great Bri­tain ce­ment their grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion as one of the lead­ing na­tions in the world for uni­ver­sity ten­nis by reach­ing a se­cond suc­ces­sive Mas­ter’u BNP Paribas fi­nal. The United States gained re­venge for their de­feat at the same stage last year, win­ning 4-1, but it could not de­tract from an­other ex­cel­lent week­end of ten­nis by the Brits at the world’s lead­ing uni­ver­sity ten­nis team tour­na­ment. Chem­istry stu­dent Jones, sup­ported by a Buchan Jones schol­ar­ship, was a last-minute call-up to the British team for the 2018 tour­na­ment but took the op­por­tu­nity with both hands as he won all of his rub­bers. Bri­tain were 3-1 down and fac­ing elim­i­na­tion in the open­ing round against hosts France when Jones and Jack Fin­del-hawkins started a spir­ited come­back by win­ning their men’s dou­bles match 6-2 7-5. Jones then teamed up with Man­isha Fos­ter to win 6-1 6-4 in the mixed dou­bles and com­plete a stun­ning turn­around, se­cur­ing a 4-3 over­all vic­tory. Satur­day’s semi-fi­nal against Ger­many saw Bri­tain play su­perbly to lead 3-1 af­ter the sin­gles matches, al­low­ing Jones and Fin­del-hawkins to clinch a place in the fi­nal with a 6-2 7-5 vic­tory in the men’s dou­bles. Jones had to make do with a sup­port­ing role on Sun­day as the United States re­claimed the ti­tle but he, along with his team-mates, will have gained plenty of in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence from the week. Barry Scollo, di­rec­tor of ten­nis at Team Bath, was once again part of the GB coach­ing staff for the event along­side team man­ager Alas­tair Higham, uni­ver­si­ties man­ager for the Ten­nis Foun­da­tion , and team psy­chol­o­gist Julie Black­wood. Visit­­nis to find out more about the ten­nis pro­gramme at the Uni­ver­sity of Bath.

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