Jones wins battle with Flynn to complete national double

William Flynn, left, and Max Jones. Picture: Paul Jacobs  (142756-1)
William Flynn, left, and Max Jones. Picture: Paul Jacobs (142756-1)
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Max Jones completed a memorable Neptune British Junior Open double as he saw off his Seacourt club-mate William Flynn in a thrilling final.

The highly-talented duo have become used to teaming up together to earn success.

They lifted the British Junior Open doubles title earlier this year.

But this time they were on opposite sides of the net as they went in search of the singles crown.

They saw off some high-quality opposition on their way to reaching the final.

Hayling College student Flynn was the higher ranked of the two 11-year-old aces going into the showdown.

But it was Mayville High School pupil Jones who came out on top on the day, with an 8-6 victory.

However, both players shone brightly, impressing those watching on.

Real tennis world champion Rob Fahey, from Australia, was among the crowd who were captivated by a gripping final.

Seacourt coach Dan Jones, who is also Max’s dad, praised both players for their performance.

He said: ‘Max is now the holder of British singles and doubles championships in one year.

‘I’m not sure if that has ever been done before.

‘The final was held at Queen’s Club where they have two lovely real tennis courts.

‘They were best of friends up to the final. Talking and chatting just before they went on court.

‘They wished each other luck and played their games.

‘William was so pleased for Max that he had won it.

‘They both showed such a mature attitude and good sportsmanship.

‘It was an incredible match. Ex-world champion Howard Angus was in the crowd, along with Rob Fahey, the current world champion, from Australia.

‘Rob was amazed they were playing such quality tennis and said “these guys are going all the way to the top”.

‘William was ranked the higher, so that meant Max was the underdog in the final.

‘I think it will be good for them both to have the rivalry between them.

‘It can be very beneficial to have someone pushing you all the way and they are such good friends as well.’

Jones and Flynn also won the Newsome junior handicap doubles title at their home club to add to their British Junior Open doubles title.

Seacourt trio Sam Willis, Georgie Willis and Annie Willis also shone at the nationals.

Sam was runner-up in the under-18 singles, while his sisters Georgie (under-18s) and Annie (under-16s) both won titles.

The Hayling Island club have a great reputation for producing talent.

That trend is clearly continuing with the latest crop of youngsters coming through.

Bryn Sayers is one of the top names to have developed his game at the Hayling club.

He has worked his way up to number three in the world and won a number of titles, including the US Open in January this year.