As part of Team Scotland’s countdown to the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in July, we will be featuring each of the seven sports in which Scottish athletes will be competing.
The final sport in our Sport Focus is Tennis which, although it has only featured once at a senior Commonwealth Games (Delhi 2010), will make its fourth Commonwealth Youth Games appearance at Bahamas 2017.
Tennis has provided plenty of success for Team Scotland with Colin Fleming and Jocelyn Rae striking gold in the Mixed Doubles at Delhi 2010, and players at the Youth Games consistently on the podium. Elena Baltacha, Mhairi Brown and Karen Paterson won team silver at the inaugural Youth Games in Edinburgh and, most recently Ewen Lumsden was named Athlete of the Games at Samoa 2015 following his silver medals in the Boys’ Singles and in Mixed Doubles, partnered by Louie McLelland.
Ewen also won the Boys’ Doubles final with a partner from Cyprus and Louie was victorious in the Girls’ Doubles with her partner from Barbados, although these competitions were designated as non-medal events as players were partnered with other nations.
Look out for all things Tennis on the Team Scotland website and social media channels over the coming week as we highlight the sport through news articles, interviews and a wealth of Swimming facts and figures. Search for #CYGSportFocus on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Find out more about Tennis at the Commonwealth Youth Games, including the competition format, rules and equipment on our dedicated Tennis page.
Team Scotland 2017
Team Scotland will be represented by Alexandra Hunter and Hamish Stewart at Bahamas 2017, who will play in their respective Singles events and team up for the Mixed Doubles. Alexandra is twice British Age-Group Doubles Champion and recently helped George Watson’s College to a first Scottish Schools’ title for 20 years. Currently competing at the Nike Junior International at Roehampton, the warm up event for Junior Wimbledon, Hamish is carrying on the great form he has displayed through 2016 and early 2017. He has reached the main draw and defeated the No.1 seed to progress to the second round where he will face Danny Thomas of the USA.
Find out more about Alexandra and Hamish in their Athlete Profiles.
Team Scotland will compete in Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling, Judo, Swimming and Tennis at the Bahamas 2017 Youth Games which take place in Nassau from 18-23 July.
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The Commonwealth Youth Games
The Commonwealth Youth Games concept was created by Scotland as a development opportunity to give athletes under 18 years of age an international multi-sport Games experience. It aims to bridge the gap between young athletes competing in their own sports specific events and the often challenging first experience of a senior Commonwealth Games.
The first Youth Games were held in Edinburgh in 2000 as part of Scotland’s Millennium celebrations. Athletes from 14 countries competed in Edinburgh and the event quickly proved to be a great success. The Youth Games now attracts entries from all 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth and has been the introduction to multi-sport Games for a host of international stars.
Find out more about the Commonwealth Youth Games and Team Scotland’s past success in our Youth Games section.