Tennis club set for Summer
With warmer weather arriving, it’s proving to be a busy time at Thornbury Tennis Club.
Three early season tournaments have already been completed, with other tournaments planned and a summer league about to get underway.
The President’s Plate saw ten mixed doubles pairs in the tournament, divided into 2 leagues with 5 pairs in each league. Each pair played a set against the other 4 pairs in their league. Points were awarded on a league basis with winners of the two groups playing each other in the final and the second place in each group having a playoff for third place in the tournament.
The weather was very changeable, with bright sunshine for most of the tournament but a very heavy shower interrupted play for 45 minutes.
In the first group, Claire Hawkins and Tony Light won all their sets despite Tony arriving late for the tournament and starting the first set without a warm-up. Mair Vaughan and Matt Stringer played well to finish second in their league.
In the second group Jo Hargreaves and Felix Boyes produced a dominant performance, only conceding 4 games in their 4 sets. Rose Higgins and Nick Mason had won their sets comfortably until they bumped into Jo and Felix.
The final between Claire Hawkins/Tony Light and Jo Hargreaves/Felix Boyes was played on the main show court. Jo & Felix ultimately proved to be too strong for Claire & Tony and won the final 6-3, 6-3. Jo & Felix’s experience in playing as a pair and particularly Felix’s youthful agility proving to be the decisive factors.
The play off for third place was a close encounter between Rose/Nick and Mair/Matt. Rose and Nick secured the first, closely contested set 6-4. This continued to be a close match into the second set, reaching 6-6 and triggering a tie break. Mair & Matt started the tie break well and were leading 4-2 before Rose & Nick recovered and clinched the tie break 7-5.
The first two warm up competitions of the new tennis season were American tournaments. These are mixed doubles events where players change partners for each round of the competition. The tournament winners were Nick Mason & Carole Boulton and Mark Collins & Linda Mantle respectively.
Beth Mann is running an American mixed doubles tournament on Saturday 19 May starting at 2pm as part of her fundraising for East African Playgrounds. Through the charity, she will be spending the summer holidays working with disadvantaged children in Uganda and contributing to the conservation of the habitat of the Silverback Gorillas.
The tournament is open to non-members and players of all abilities invited to take part. The entry fee is £8.00 and all profits will go to the East African Playgrounds Charity. Spectators are welcome.
For more information, please contact Beth Mann on firstname.lastname@example.org or Adam Mann on 07791423615.