Congratulations to our newly crowned club champions! We enjoyed many fine displays of tennis, accompanied by a delicious barbecue to sustain us through some long matches—four finals finished one set all, and had to be decided by a "Champions" tie-break, possibly a club record!
The first match set the tone for the day. At one-set apiece and 6-6 in the tie-break it could have gone either-way, but after 2 hours and 10 minutes Neville Attwood managed to find a way to edge past James Baybutt, 7-6 4-6 1-0 (6). The players and spectators enjoyed a qualified LTA Umpire in the Chair for this match, the parent of one of our Junior members, and something we will explore having for more matches next year.
For the second year in a row the Ladies Singles Final was Louise Field versus Lizanne Baldwin . Sadly for Lizanne she was unable to reverse last year's result and Louise retained the trophy with a 6-2 6-1 win.
The Gentlemen's Doubles was another epic match. After 24 games and 2 tie-breaks, the score was even so we were treated to our second match tie-break of the afternoon. Neville & Peter were the eventual victors over Simon & Warren, 6-7 7-6 1-0 (3).
After an overcast and breezy start to the day, the clouds cleared and the Ladies' Doubles Final was played in some beautiful late afternoon sunshine. The momentum swung back-and-forth in this match and eventually Kerry and Nicky triumphed over Liz and Steph, 6-3 2-6 1-0 (8).
After so many long matches and tie-breaks, it was necessary to call upon the floodlights for the last match of the day, the Mixed Doubles! This was a fascinating match, with Neville and James once again facing off across the net, while newly crowned Ladies Champions, Nicky and Kerry now found themselves opponents. Despite tired legs it was a thrilling conclusion to the day, with James and Nicky just edging it over Neville and Kerry, 6-2 2-6 1-0 (5).
Also, a huge thank you to everyone who helped with this event, from officiating finals and taking photographs to catering. Special thanks are due to Mike Smith who oversaw the draw throughout the summer, ensuring matches were played on time.
Entry for the Winter Doubles, including a Mixed Doubles Handicap, closes Friday 27th September so sign up in the clubhouse!