After a year off due to Covid, the club tournament finals returned in style for 2021! With no Handicap or Vets events this year it was decided for the first time to play all the Open finals on the one day.
With some great weather and the draw of a quality BBQ from our ‘chef in residence’ James, the turnout was huge! But most people were there for the tennis and we were treated to 5 quality matches throughout the day.
At midday the singles matches took place:
Rachel beat Bunny 6-4, 6-4 in a hard-fought Ladies’ Singles final.
Kingdom won 6-3, 6-2 beating Max in a cracking hard hitting Men’s Singles final. In the end it was Kingdom’s ability to run every ball down and stay in the points that made the difference.
The doubles finals followed shortly after:
The Men’s Doubles was a very close match with Alex and Kingdom winning 7-5, 6-4 in a titanic battle against Nic and Max. Some really high quality doubles played in front of a packed crowd. A big shout out to Alex who when in a tight spot played a phenomenal inside out forehand across court at such an angle with pace it was a clean winner much to the delight of the entire club watching on.
Rachel & Esther battled through to win the Ladies’ Doubles final after going a set down. They ended up winning in a championship tiebreak with their experience proving too much for runners up Veronique & Yixin. The final scores were 0-6, 6-2, 10-3 (tiebreak).
The last match of the day was the Mixed Doubles final:
Kingdom & Anda proved to be too strong for Tom & Bunny coming through to win 6-2, 6-1. This crowned a remarkable hat trick of wins for Kingdom!
Many thanks to tournament organisers Paul and Duncan; to match umpires Lee, Keith & Duncan; club President Jill who presented all the trophies; and to all the committee members who helped with arrangements.
Following the matches a big raffle took place which was organised by Mary. Lee did a sterling job with the raffle draw itself.
All the money raised from the BBQ, a cake sale from Graziella and the raffle itself was for our charity of the year Dementia UK. When we know a final figure we will pass that on.
The evening ended with a great live performance from rock band Bacchus with club member Markus on drums.