Repton boasts a fine tradition of great tennis players. Our most famous are H.F. Lawford, Wimbledon Champion in 1887, and H.W. (Bunny) Austin, who twice reached the Wimbledon Final in the 1930s.
Over the last 30 years the School has won the Independent Schools’ Championship (Youll cup) 15 times, the Boys’ National Schools’ Championship (Glanville Cup) 11 times and the Girls’ National Schools Championship (Aberdare Cup) on four occasions. Last year the Junior girls’ team won the Astbury-Bailey Cup (Independent Schools’ competition), and the girls 1st team are unbeaten in inter-school fixtures for eight consecutive years.
Under the expert guidance of our full-time professional, James Rushby, we are hoping for success in the national competitions once again this summer.
Repton also runs an extensive tennis programme for players of all levels of ability, and with 20 courts, including two indoors, pupils spend plenty of time on court. During the Michaelmas and Lent Terms there are essentially three groups in operation:
- Elite Squad: made up of the best players in the School who train on a daily basis and have International rankings and travel on the ITF and TE Circuit.
- Performance Squad: composed of players considered to have the potential to become county/ Regional/National standard players, they will train 4 sessions per week plus strength and conditioning sessions.
- Development Squad: Players of all ages and abilities who wish to train in the winter.
- In the Summer Term the Elite and Performance Squads continue. Tennis is the main sport for Repton's girls at this time and each year group has a full programme of practice and inter-school matches. Boys’ tennis is also catered for by Senior and Junior Squads which play matches against other schools.
To further complement the competitive tennis programme, Repton also has U15 girls and boys teams which play in the AEGON Team tennis schools event throughout the year plus senior teams in the Aegon LTA Premier League Club competition.
If you wish to discuss the Repton Tennis Programme, or any other aspect of Repton sport, please feel free to speak to either, James Rushby, Director of Tennis or Ian Pollock, our Director of Sport