Feniton’s Jake Upsher plays well in Devon Under-12s tennis team effort at Taunton.

PUBLISHED: 09:01 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:01 17 July 2013

Feniton's Jake Upsher in action

Feniton's Jake Upsher in action


Feniton’s Jake Upsher flew the flag for Devon at the Lawn Tennis Associaton’s Aegon Regional County Cup at Taunton.

Eleven-year-old Jake, who attends Kings School in Ottery St Mary and plays at Exeter Tennis Centre, was the only member of the team to win two singles matches, as Devon U12s finished fifth overall, but beat neighbours Cornwall in a last day play-off. Devon were drawn in a tough box, which featured Avon and Somerset, on the opening day.

The opening game was lost 3-1 to Somerset, with Upsher second on court producing a high energy performance to defeat Matthew Crofts 4-0, 5-4 (5), to level the match at 1-1.

Next up were Avon who included in their team Joe Leather and Tom Batchelor, both top 20 players in the LTA UK U12 rankings!

Devon went one down and again Upsher was tasked with pulling it back, but he went down to a straight sets defeat to Leather.

Devon ended the first day of the two day competition as the third placed team in their box of three.

On the morning of day two Cornwall were the opposition. After the team went one up Upsher recovered from a slow start to gain another singles win, this time overcoming Thomas Bradley 4-2, 4-1 to double the Devon advantage.

The last two matches were also won to see the Duchy side beaten 4-0.

Team captain Simon Huddart, who coaches Upsher at Exeter Tennis Centre, said: “The boys can be pleased with their efforts over the weekend. They faced tough opposition on the opening day, but recovered well to finish with a comfortable victory and end the event on a high.”

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