For years, JP Tew, a sophomore at The Summit Country Day School, has excelled at squash on a national level. In his career, he has already won back-to-back-to-back national championships, something no player from the Midwest had done before.
During the school’s Christmas break, JP took another step forward by competing internationally. He flew over to England to compete in the British Junior Open. The five best players in each age division qualified to represent the United States at the tournament.
He acquitted himself well for it being his first trip outside the U.S.
Given that it was his first time competing internationally, JP did not receive a good seed in the tournament. As a result, he had to play the second best player in the U17 bracket in the third round. JP played a close match but ultimately lost.
After that defeat, however, he won four matches in a row, three of them going to five games. That is the longest and closest a match can get. In one of those matches, he rebounded from a 0-2 deficit to win. In his final match, he saved match point and came back to get the victory.
JP finished the tournament with a 5-1 record, the best on the team, and finished in 17th place. In his six matches, he competed with two players from England, Malaysia, Switzerland, France and Ireland.
Additionally, JP not only put his skills to use for success on the court, he utilized them to raise money for The Care Center in Loveland. He came up with the idea of having people pledge a certain amount of money for each point he won during the competition.
He eclipsed his goal, raising more than $1,500.