BURY teenager Theo Bishop missed out on the medals in both the doubles and singles at the Montenegro Para Championships in Podgorica but gained more valuable experience against some of the world’s best players.

In men’s class seven in the singles, the 19-year-old put up a great performance against 28-year-old Pole Michal Deigsler, twice fighting back to level before the World number 18, took the deciding set 11-7.

Bishop followed that with a comfortable 3-0 win against Zoran Cabarkapa from Montenegro and played another good match against Ben Despineux but the two-time European team champion and World team bronze medallist from Belgium used all his experience to win 3-1 and deny Bishop a place in the quarter-finals.

In the men’s doubles, Bishop and his class six partner, Eleftherios Mavris, from Greece, lost their opening match to German Thomas Rau and Bobi Simion, from Romania, 3-0 and did not progress after a 3-0 loss to Vit Spalek and Petr Hnizdo from the Czech Republic.

In the mixed doubles, with Greek player Eirini Drakonaki, Bishop lost all three matches 3-0.

Bishop remained upbeat, however, and said: “I think that I played quite well in this tournament.

“It was tough to come so close again in the singles and not be able to close out the matches, but I just have to remain confident that if I keep working the way I am eventually the results will come. I know what I need to work on technically going forward and I feel the experience I have gained over the past few tournaments will serve me well in the future.”