Louis Price aged just 14 becomes the second youngest ever Bristol Senior champion on this special centenary tournament. It is, in fact, the worlds oldest table tennis tournament.. The first Bristol closed event was played in 1919 and to celebrate the 100 years a bumper field commenced play at 9am.
It all started with groups and Louis managed to win his group finishing top of his section. In the knockout stage, he won his last 32 before taking on Bertie Kelly in the last 16. Kelly currently ranked in the top 10 cadets in the country started well but Louis ended up winning 3-0 in a tricky encounter.
In the quarter finals, Louis played Dave Hadley and prevailed again winning 3-0. Onto the Semi Final where Louis played Joe Ratajcak, current Avon champion and last years’ Bristol closed champion. Louis again won 3-0 to keep his fine record going.
In the final Louis played Kai Moosmann from Germany, currently at the Bristol Table Tennis Academy at SGS College. In an epic final, Louis managed to overcome his illustrious opponent by a 3-1 score and become centenary champion and the second youngest ever winner of the oldest table tennis trophy in the world.
To complete a clean sweep, Louis and his doubles partner, Daniel Moses won the doubles tournament to end a fantastic day at SGS college.
Bristol Table Tennis Coach Dan Ives commented, “it was a great tournament, a huge turnout with many top players attending and for Louis to come out on top was impressive. His serves and first ball attack is what gave him the advantage. It’s great to see Bristol table tennis on the rise, each year the event is increasing in participation, I’m already looking forward to next years now.”