Rackets has a distinguished history at Marlborough, having been played at the College for nearly 140 years. The Public Schools’ Doubles Championship being won for the first time in 1901.
Boys and Girls benefit from the coaching of Rackets Professional Rob Wakely. Rob is the longest serving member of Common Room, having joined Marlborough in 1978. In 2018, he completed 40 years of distinguished service at Marlborough. This was recognised by a day of celebration where many Old Marlburians, fellow Rackets Professionals and friends from the wider Rackets community were present to pay tribute to him.
The Rackets complex comprises of two Courts, who’s playing surfaces are recognised as being among the best in the country, Changing Rooms, a Reception Area and a Viewing Gallery. Many who play practise in their free time and fit their Rackets into a busy schedule of other sporting and co-curricular commitments.
Every November the College hosts the Invitation Singles Qualifier for the top eight players in the country. This precedes the first Major of the season, the Invitation Singles at Queen’s.
Fixtures at all levels are played in both the Michaelmas and Lent terms.
The College plays on a broad circuit against opponents that include Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Cheltenham, Clifton, Radley, Wellington, St Paul’s, Haileybury, Malvern, Winchester and Charterhouse.
Marlborough competes at the Public Schools’ Championships at The Queen’s Club. The Boys Singles & Girls Doubles take place in December and the Boys Doubles & Girls Singles in March.
Recent success at Queen’s has included Dominic Coulson (C1 2013-18) winning both the U15 & U16 Public School Singles Championships in 2014 & 2015 and Billy Mead (C1 2012-17) winning the Renny Cup in 2016. Giles Hocking (C1 L6) was runner up in the U16 Incledon-Webber Cup in December 2018 losing a tightly contested final 2-3.
A growing number of Girls have taken up Rackets in recent years, with success at Queen’s coming from Millie McKelvey (EL 2013-18) who won the U16 Public Schools Singles Championships in both 2015 & 2016.
Former Sussex CCC Captain and MCC President Mike Griffith (C3 1957-62) was both a Public Schools Singles and Doubles champions when at school. In addition, legendary 2005 World Doubles Champions Guy Barker (B3 1983-88) and Ali Robinson (PR 1983-88) are the only school pair ever, having won the Public School’s Doubles, to then go on, in Senior Rackets, to win the Amateur Doubles, the Open Doubles and World Doubles.
Mr M.P.L. Bush (Master in Charge)
Mr R.H. Wakely (Rackets Professional)
Mr. A.H. de Trafford