Wimbledon’s Hutchins proud of Delhi silver

Wimbledon’s Ross Hutchins described

winning silver for England at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday as

unforgettable.

Hutchins partnered Ken Skupski in the men’s doubles in Delhi

losing 4-6, 6-3, 3-6 to Australians Paul Hanley and Peter Luczak in

the gold medal decider.

The 25-year-old then teamed-up with Croydon’s Anna Smith 24

hours later for the bronze medal match in the mixed doubles, but

lost 6-4 3-6 2-6 to Skupski and Sarah Borwell.

Hutchins, who had helped dispatch home favourites US Open

finalist Rohan Bopanna and rising star Somdev Devvarman in the

semi-finals, was disappointed with the defeat.

But reckons being on the podium more than made up for it.

“Incredible moment, like no other. Will never forget the feeling

of being up there for my nation,” he said on Twitter.

“Very disappointed not to bring back gold for England, but so

proud to have played for my country in these historic Games.”

World number 57 Kupski, who echoed his partner’s thoughts, may

have described playing with Hutchins as great experience, but it

didn’t stop him claiming bronze in the mixed doubles.

“I’m very proud of winning the silver spoke to my family back

home and they’re extremely proud as well. It’s a dream come true to

play here and represent my country,” he added.

“These guys are among the best players in the world and we

managed to match them. It came down to a couple of points but

that’s doubles and we’ll work on it.”

“Playing with Ross has been fantastic. We’ve had a great

time.”