Here are some photos of most of the winners and runners-up from Finals weekend. Lots of the images feature Peter Grant! Six events entered, six events won! You can tell which ones were taken on Saturday when it was decidedly overcast and which on the much sunnier Sunday.
We usually just have our American Tournaments on Bank Holiday Mondays but as we have been deprived of them for so long, we decided to slip in an extra one on a Sunday. The weather forecast for 25th July was for thundery rain storms but in the end 21 hardy players managed to play a full afternoon of tennis before the rain arrived.
It wasn’t just the tennis that was enjoyable – after four rounds of play there was a well earned break for tea and cakes before we resumed for a further 2 rounds. The cakes were particularly appreciated as seen in these photographs – many thanks to the bakers, Debra Norton and Linda Robson.
Back on court the winning lady was Sam Williamson with an amazing average of 6.4 in each round of 8 games and runner up Clare Bambridge. The Mens winner was Mark Hill with Pete Smith and Paul Treacy joint runners up. A very enjoyable afternoon all round.
No photos of the action this time, just people enjoying their tea break. Everyone was too busy playing!
All the organisers had their fingers crossed that we would be able to complete our Handicap Finals Day despite a very iffy weather forecast. It was rather stop-start but we made it. Good matches, closely fought, no more so that the Ladies final where the score was 31-28, 28-31, 31-29 . Well done to Cath Pearson for that win and for going on to win both the Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles; a clean sweep of each event she could enter.
|Ladies Singles||Cath Pearson||Alison Jameson|
|Mens Singles||Andy McElligott||Mitchell Elliot|
|Ladies Doubles||Cath Pearson and Juliet Worthington||Carol-Anne Harrison and Kim Field|
|Mens Doubles||Andy Cholerton and Graham Friel||Roger Barnacle and Andy McElligott|
|Mixed Doubles||Cath Pearson and Richard Vallis||PJ Young and Mitchell Elliot|
The Bank Holiday on Monday May 31st was our first American Tournament for nearly 18 months. After a miserable May for weather (and for other reasons!), we were blessed with a sunny day, perhaps a bit too hot for the players. We did have to make a few changes to ensure we were Covid-secure, in particular we asked players to pre-register. What didn’t change was the friendly atmosphere, good standard of play and of course the tea. Thank you Debra! Cath Pearson and Linda Robson were joint 1st for the ladies. The result for the mens was very close, with Andy McElligott ending on an average score of 5.40 games in each round with newcomer Alistair Jones on 5.33.
Here are some photos from our Finals weekend 2020
You’ll notice some faces keep re-appearing, notably Peter Grant who played in three finals on Saturday and another three on Sunday. Hope you could get out of bed on Monday morning, Peter!
Nearly as busy was Jane Vincent, who played four finals across the weekend, winning three of them.
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Well done to our finalists in the Handicap Finals. This is always a good competition as the handicapping system ensures that everyone has a chance of winning through. Well done especially to Cath Pearson who retained the Mixed Doubles trophy with a new partner and to Wendy Day who competed in all three finals, only just missing out on a clean sweep of the trophies.
|Ladies Singles||Wendy Day||Cath Pearson|
|Mens Singles||Harry Bywaters||Feredico Ardiles|
|Ladies Doubles||Wendy Day and Zana Fletcher||Rachel Grey and Debra Norton|
|Mens Doubles||Mark Hill and Mike Thornley||Peter Archer and Nick Ward|
|Mixed Doubles||Cath Pearson and Mark Elliott||Wendy Day and Chris Cole|
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We called it our Fun Day and it certainly was fun! We combined special events with a visit from Robyn Moore who has set herself the challenge of hitting 200,000 balls in 30 days, fundraising for the BreakPoint charity with the help of Bright Ideas in Tennis. This was her first day; she had already spent the morning at the Calthorpe Park tennis courts and spent a further 4 hours with us on the hottest day of the year so far. Gosh, that seems like a huge challenge! Good luck to her. Of course, to meet her challenge she needed the help of our ballboys and ballgirls to keep replenishing her ball machine
A HUGE Thank you to all the amazing Coaches and Leaders, Zana Fletcher, Paul Treacy, Ken Robson and Peter Fennell on parking, Debra Norton for her delicious catering, for making Saturdays Junior Tennis Festival such a great success! You were all awesome! Well done Team!
Here is a comment from one of the parents :Thanks for having us this morning, we all had a lovely time and enjoyed the activities. All your young people who were there helping and coaching were delightful!
Congratulations to everyone who won through to compete in the Finals of the 2018 Handicap Tournaments, especially to Cath Pearson who was once again a double winner. She retained the Ladies Doubles title, partnered this year by PJ Young and she won the Mixed Doubles with Darren Toes. She was nearly joined as a double winner by Chris Ezra. He won the Men’s Singles but just missed out on the Men’s Doubles, losing 31-28, 31-28 in a very close final. On one of the hottest days of the summer,it was an achievement just to play two matches!
|Ladies Singles||Sarah Henbrey||Katherine Rogers|
|Mens Singles||Chris Ezra||Mike Thornley|
|Ladies Doubles||Cath Pearson and PJ Young||Lynn McKenzie and Angela Redstone|
|Mens Doubles||Jon Stiddard and Daniel Turner||Chris Ezra and Oliver Wells|
|Mixed Doubles||Cath Pearson and Darren Toes||Alison Jameson and William Carlisle|
Thank you to the umpires and Debra Norton and Ann Hanson for the delicious refreshments.
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