Thornbury’s top tennis tournament gears up to a finale
Thornbury Tennis Club’s Annual Tournament is the most prestigious event held at the club with all preliminary matches scheduled during September on Saturday afternoons.
The top two in each event will play each other in the finals which are to be played in October. The tournament is open to all members of all ages.
There were 7 entries in the Men’s Singles, including 5 time winner of the tournament, Luke Harrison. All players played a single 30 minute set against each other player, giving a total of 21 sets. The weather was threatening, with a few spots of rain in the afternoon, but not sufficient to stop play.
The match between the junior Dom Boardman and Freddie Savage was extremely close with Freddie just shading the result 6-5 as the 30 minutes horn sounded.
Luke Harrison won all his matches and Felix Boyes won all bar his set against Luke meaning that they will play each other in the final.
There were only 3 entries in the Ladies Singles. The players played each other for 2 sets, each timed at 30 minutes.
Brooke Daunton, a talented junior player, won all her sets, taking her through to the final.
Rae Bezuidenhout and Linda Mantle had an extremely close encounter. Linda won a very tight first set 6-5 and Rae secured a double break of serve to win the second set 6-2 and clinch the match with the most games won. Rae qualified for the final against Brooke.
The Mixed Doubles event received 6 entries. The pairs played time limited sets against each other pair. There were a number of extremely tense matches.
Megan O’Connor & Brendan Wilde got off to a good start, getting an early 3-1 lead, but then Brooke Daunton & Luke Harrison found their form and fought back to narrow the gap to 5-4. Brendan ultimately managed to hold his serve in the next game and take the match 6-4.
Tony Light & Rae Bezuidenhout were 5-2 up against Luke & Brooke but the scores moved to 5-5. With 20 seconds left on the clock, Brooke served clinching the set 6-5.
Brian Jordan & Linda Mantle’s 6-3 victory against Tony Light & Rae Bezuidenhout was a surprising result that no one had anticipated, especially the players.
The result of the 15 sets of tennis was that Brendan & Megan and Luke & Brooke will play each other in the final.
The Men’s & Ladies Doubles preliminaries were delayed for a week by bad weather.