Alex defeats the captain to capture singles title at Clevedon

THE final of Clevedon Lawn Tennis Club's closed tournament was held at its grounds in Princes Road.

THE final of Clevedon Lawn Tennis Club's closed tournament was held at its grounds in Princes Road. The annual in-house tournament enables adult and star junior club members to compete in a series of singles and doubles competitions beginning in July.

The men's singles final took place first and saw Mike Dale (men's captain) compete against Alex Allen. It was a hard fought match and certainly provided some great entertainment. Despite starting off with a convincing 6-1 win in the first set, Dale eventually succumbed to both the youth and talent of Allen who took the next two sets 6-4, 6-2.

Star junior Josie Vickers played new member Lucy Turner in the ladies' singles final. Lucy's experience and consistently solid play soon rewarded her with a 6-1, 6-0 victory.

The men's and ladies' doubles matches were played simultaneously on courts 1 and 2. James Bassett and Mike Dale were pitted against star juniors Oliver Hind and Callum Finch. There was some entertaining play from both sides but despite having already played three gruelling sets, Dale, ably assisted Bassett to secure a 6-3, 6-2 win.


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The ladies' doubles saw Josie Vickers back on court this time with partner and star junior Lucinda Davidson competing against Lucy Turner and Katrina Rolfe. Despite a valiant effort from the two juniors, Turner and Rolfe were able to maintain consistent and accurate play, and took the match to a 6-0, 6-3 conclusion.

The mixed doubles saw Mike Dale, back on court for a third time, partnering Katrina Rolfe. The pair were pitted against last year's champions James Bassett and Josie Vickers. Some superb performances from both sides meant the match turned into something of a marathon with the final score being 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 to Bassett and Vickers.

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Well done to all the players who entertained with some superb tennis and to all the supporters who came down and cheered the players on. Many thanks also to CLTC's president Margaret Dyer who presented the trophies.

Clevedon LTC's men recently became South West champions in the LTA AEGON team tennis competition. Following a series of hard fought regional matches during the summer the final took place at Clevedon and was played against the Cornwall champions Truro.

An enthusiastic crowd who had come to support the club watched the match, which was played in glorious sunshine. The singles matches were played out first. Sid Falconer played the number one Truro player and won 6-1, 6-3 in a one-sided match to record his first singles victory of the summer. James Bassett went on to secure another comfortable victory 6-2, 6-2 against Truro's second player. Alex Allen was next up to win convincingly with a 6-3, 6-0 score line. Last up was Mike Dale who lined up to play their fourth player, Mike won 7-5, 6-3 to make the score 4-0 after the singles matches. Clevedon had effectively won the tie with the doubles still to play.

Alex and James paired up to play the first doubles match with Mike and Sid playing the second. The Clevedon teams won both matches 6-3, 6-2 and 7-5, 6-2 respectively.

A barbeque held after the match allowed everyone to celebrate and unwind.. Clevedon will now compete against the other regional champions in the regional tier of the AEGON team tennis event during the summer of 2010.

For more information about becoming a member of the club please visit the website: www.clevedonltc.co.uk or email clevedonltc@btinternet.com

DSC_0751 - Ladies Doubles Final competitors, runners-up Lucinda Davidson and Josie Vickers with Club President Margaret Dyer and the winning pair: Lucy Turner and Kat Rolfe

DSC_0761 - The Mixed Doubles Final competitors, runners-up Mike Dale and Kat Rolfe with Club President Margaret Dyer and the winning pair: Josie Vickers and James Bassett

Clevedon Lawn Tennis Club - In-House Closed Tournament Finals 21 Sep 09

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For Release 9 a.m. EDT, September 23, 1998

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