Ben and Alex travelled to Slovak for the Futures event, and their first experience of the 5×11 trial format. Both boys are signed with MK team for the new national league which is an even shorter 9 point format and will be on Sky.
Alex had reached the semi last year but that proved a high point as his season was wrecked by injury and he missed many events or wasn’t fully fit. Alex trained full time with senior England over the summer but still supported by and working with Sue and Darren. He made a strong start to this season, in the second round Alex faced England team mate Sam Parsons who was runner up in senior nationals in February, but Alex showed he is getting back to full strength by beating Sam in a close five set thriller. Alex went on to make the semi but lost out to the 1 seed Almer 11-10 11-7 11-8. A good result he can build on over the next few months. Alex would like to thank Devon Badminton Association for their grant towards his tournament costs.
Ben, having won two European junior titles last year, has set his sights on progressing at senior internationals and building his world ranking. He made the best possible start winning the Slovak men’s doubles with Sean Vendy. Unseeded the boys stormed through the draw beating the Czech pairing of Drancak /Janacek in the final 11-10 11-5 11-10. Ben also reached second round of mixed with Jess Pugh, losing out to a strong dutch pair in five close sets. A stunning start to the season for Ben , who next partners Matt Corby at Lancs gold, and then targets wimbledon international in September. We would like to thank Cranford Sports a club for the use of their excellent facilities.
Both Alex and Ben are supported by Forza UK and would like to thank Steve Butler and the Forza team for their constant support.