Skegness table tennis star competes in Europe

Tom Jarvis.
Tom Jarvis.
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Tom Jarvis has stepped up his learning curve by competing at the Europe Youth Top 10 event in Tours, France.

The 14-year-old Skegness Grammar School pupil, seeded 10th for the Cadet Boys section at the tournament, won matches against Andrei Putuntica of Macedonia in round five and Nolan Givone of France in round seven of the round-robin tournament.

He also took silver medallist Irvin Bertrand to seven sets in his final match as he finished 10th, just one point behind three other players.

Gold went to Romania’s Cristian Pletea and bronze to Germany’s Gerrit Engemann.

England Performance Coach Alan Cooke said: “Tom struggled a little bit on the first day. He always prepares and fights, that’s his nature, but he wasn’t at his best that day.

“But he definitely put that right and he was competitive in pretty much every match after that and although he only won two, the way he was playing he was capable of beating all of them.”

“I would say he learned a lot from the weekend about the level the higher players are playing at. He’s always a positive boy and will go away wiser about what he needs to work on,” he added.

Tom Jarvis Cadet Boys’ tournament full results: Round one: lost to Gerrit Engemann (GER) 1-4 (4-11, 11-9, 3-11, 4-11, 4-11); round two: lost to Artur Abusev (RUS) 1-4 (5-11, 11-6, 5-11, 6-11, 7-11); round three: lost to Cristian Pletea (ROU) 0-4 (7-11, 7-11, 3-11, 4-11); round four: lost to Andreas Dilling (DEN) 1-4 (12-10, 6-11, 14-16, 7-11, 7-11); round five: beat Andrei Putuntica (MDA) 4-3 (8-11, 10-12, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9); round six: lost to Rares Sipos (ROU) 2-4 (6-11, 7-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-7, 5-11); round seven: beat Nolan Givone (FRA) 4-2 (12-10, 9-11, 7-11, 14-12, 11-1, 11-7); round eight: lost to Denis Ivonin (RUS) 1-4 (3-11, 5-11, 11-9, 18-20, 9-11); round nine: lost to Irvin Bertrand (FRA) 3-4 10-12, 11-2, 8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 6-11).