November

Grimleys fly the flag in the Czech Junior

It will be a family affair at the FZ Forza Czech Junior as twins Christopher and Matthew Grimley represent Scotland in Orlova-Lutyne.

 

The brothers pair up in the U19 men’s doubles, where they will be top seeds and expected to progress deep into the tournament.

 

Their week opens with a clash against Slovakia’s Erik Bartos and Peter Kovac on Friday, with the pairings never having met before.

 

Should they make it all the way to the final, they are seeded to meet England’s Zach Russ and Steven Stallwood.

 

The Grimley’s reached the quarter-finals of the recent Yonex Hungarian International and also made the round of 16 in October’s World Junior Championships – so head to the Czech Republic in high spirits.

 

Individually they will each compete in the U19 singles, where Christopher is seeded fourth and Matthew seventh.

 

Christopher, 17, kicks off his campaign against Joao Chang, of Portugal, and with his 16-year-old opponent yet to have achieved a senior ranking, at 621 in the world Grimley will expect to make untroubled progress.

 

Matthew will play Romania’s 15-year-old Piotr Cunev in the first round, another unranked opponent that Grimley will hope to ease past.

 

With the brothers split into the opposite halves of the draw, the only way they could meet would be in an all-Scottish final.

 

But Christopher would have to find his way past another Romanian top seed, Cristian Savin, in order to make the final two, while Matthew would have to down Belgian second seed Julien Carraggi.