A tie-break shoot out decided the destiny of the Tea Cup when the 2017 Scottish Junior Inter-County Championships concluded at Prestwick on Sunday. Tied at 3 rubbers each in the final, North of Scotland fielded Patrick Young, unbeaten all day, and Susannah Porter against West of Scotland’s Charlie Miller and Emily Gates in the championship 10 point tie-break to decide this year’s champions. A run of four successive winning points by West in the middle of the shoot-out gave West the advantage – eventually winning 10 points to 5.
With all four teams fielding many of their best 18 & Under players, competition was always going to be intense with many individual matches going to deciding third sets. North were drawn against holders East in the morning’s semi-final. With the match at 2-2 after the singles, the tie was decided by Young and Lewis Hall beating Sammy Ralston and Alexander Mikheev 7-5 6-2 in the boys’ doubles. West played the home team South in the semi-final with West winning by 5-1.
In the afternoon’s 3rd/4th playoff East beat South 5-1. In the final, West led by 3 rubbers to 1 and looked to be heading for victory however a three sets singles win by Hall over Euan Gibson-Smith and a mixed doubles win levelled the score at 3-3 resulting in a tie-break shoot out being needed to determine this season’s champions.
The Championships, first played in 1966, is an annual team competition for 18 & Under players from the four Scottish play counties – North, South, East and West.
Winning team – West of Scotland [Charlie Miller, Euan Gibson-Smith, Craig Thomson, Emily Gates, Catriona MacIntosh, Alicia Gates – Jordan Gray captain]
Full results can be found at 2017 Scottish Junior Inter-County Championships
Pictures of the event can be found on the Tennis Scotland Facebook Page