Tennis club makes strong start to winter season
Thornbury Tennis Club are celebrating a fine start to the Avon Winter Tennis League, with the first team currently unbeaten. The second team has won all but one of their matches and are currently sitting top of division four. With a busy match schedule over the next month, the teams are hoping to continue their good form leading into the Christmas break.
The winter league begins in October, with hardy players braving the elements to play doubles matches in a league format through to March. Teams comprise of two women and two men playing a men’s doubles match, a ladies’ doubles match and two mixed doubles matches. Thornbury has entered three teams this season and is aiming for two promotions.
The teams compete in three separate divisions of the Avon league. This allows players of all ages and abilities to take part in competitive tennis. Last year the club fielded 40 players ranging in age from 11 through to 70.
The club also had three teams playing in the Avon Mixed Summer League which finished in October. The second team, led by Susan Newman, Megan O’Connor, Brendan Wilde and Felix Boyes, were promotion contenders. They needed to win their final three matches of the season and managed to secure maximum points in two of the fixtures. But they suffered a narrow defeat by Henleaze, another promotion contender, and finished in third place just outside the promotion places.