Jarvis beats experienced internationals

Tom Jarvis in action.
Tom Jarvis in action.

Tom Jarvis overcame experienced internationals Paul McCreery and Ryan Jenkins en route to winning the men’s singles title at the Nottingham Grand Prix.

Skegness 16-year-old Jarvis, seeded third for the tournament, won four successive 3-0 victories to reach the last 16, where he found himself 2-0 down to Grantham College player Damiano Seretti.

But Jarvis found his rhythm and was able to stage a comeback and squeeze through 3-2 (8-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9).

He then defeated England Youth Squad colleague Alex Ramsden 3-0 to set up a semi-final against Irishman McCreery, which he took 3-1 (4-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-5).

Welshman Jenkins – who has won more than 50 Grand Prix events during his career – awaited in the final, and Jarvis looked odds-on for a straight-games win when he served 
for the match at 2-0 and 10-8 up.

But Jenkins battled back to take that third game and then levelled to send the match into a decider.

In the event, it was something of an anti-climax as Jarvis blitzed it 11-1 to complete an 11-7, 11-8, 11-13, 9-11, 11-1 victory and clinch his second Grand Prix title of the season following success in Bristol in November.