Last weekend we had our first tournament of the new season and with handicaps ranging from the mid 30’s to the early 60’s there was some very entertaining tennis on show at the club.
This year we were slightly down on numbers due to the ongoing works at the club but never the less we still had sixteen pairs battling it out all weekend. Only one pair actually won all three of their group matches, so there were lots of very close games throughout the group stages.
The first semi-final was between David Fortune & James Deuchar vs Will Rydon & Will Hextall. James and David stormed to a 5/2 lead only needing one more game to make the final but the two Wills played some very measured tennis taking the pace of the ball (which James was not so keen on!) to mount a huge comeback and take the set by 6 games to 5. In the other semi-final it was Ian Lambert & Monty Dix vs Mike Rogers & Julian Hill. The combination of power from Monty and Ian’s retrieving was too much for Mike and Julian, they won by 6 games to 2.
On to the final, Will and Will were having to give some 14 points away to Monty and Ian (owe 30, rec 15) and early on in the match it was very tight, at 4/2 there was a very close game which went to Monty and Ian and they then ran away to a 7/2 lead, but Will and Will won the next one and then got to forty all at 3/7 but couldn’t quite take it so Ian and Monty won by 8 games to 3 in a very nice final. Congratulations to Ian and Monty!
Thank you to Philip Robinson for presenting the prizes and to those members who very kindly supplied some biscuits and all those members that watched the final. We look forward to our next event which is the Robinson Trophy Scratch Doubles on the 28th and 29th October.