National Rackets Triumph for St John’s studentKaren Reed
St John’s Year 13 student Alex Renwick is the new National Schools Rackets Champion, having triumphed in the 2019 Rennie Cup final at The Queen’s Club on 14 December. Alex trains with the Marlborough College Rackets club, under coach Robert Wakely, who was the Renny Cup champion 43 years ago.
Rackets is a unique sport with very few courts, found mainly at Independent Schools such as Eton, Harrow, Marlborough, Radley, etc. Alex was the only state school competitor in the 2019 Rennie Cup and has very little time to train, competing mainly in friendlies against Marlborough College students on training afternoons. Alex is also a national league Hockey player with Bath Buccaneers and he hopes to go to University there.
Mr M Bush, Master in charge of Rackets at Marlborough College said:
“Alex is delightful in nature – quiet and modest, but has a steely competitive streak that shone through this week. A very proud moment for St John’s, the College and the town of Marlborough – Well done!”
Rackets is the fastest and arguably the most exciting of ball games, with ball speeds of up to 160 mph. It is played on a hard walled court 60 feet long and 30 feet wide, with a ball that resembles a golf ball. The game is played as either a singles or doubles match in an enclosed court. The players’ rackets are made of wood, and the ball is small and hard, allowing high speeds and considerable spin to be generated. A player can only score points while serving – 15 points being needed to win a game. Rackets originated in the debtors’ prisons of the mid-18th century, preceding squash — a miniature version of the game.
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