Confusion over Wimbledon play-off

A QUESTION mark hangs over two young tennis players from the Cheddar Valley who thought they had won places in county play-offs which could eventually lead to the junior championships at Wimbledon.

A QUESTION mark hangs over two young tennis players from the Cheddar Valley who thought they had won places in county play-offs which could eventually lead to the junior championships at Wimbledon.

They were among hopefuls from Cheddar and Winscombe who took part in a pioneering joint Road To Wimbledon tournament organised by coach Stephen Pearce.

Both clubs entered three players and in the final Hal Davidson (Cheddar) beat Will Richardson (Winscombe).

However, it has been discovered that because one club is in the Avon LTA and the other Somerset, the rules may stop them entering the next round in Bristol, but discussions are still going on at county level in a bid to sort out the situation.


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Stephen is part of the team of fully-qualified coaches in the DC Tennis organisation which provides sessions at both clubs for groups and individuals of all ages and abilities.

Winscombe now has mini-tennis coaching on Sunday mornings, for ladies on Thursday mornings, a second session of mini-tennis for juniors in the afternoons and for "rusty racket" players on Thursday evenings. Details of these plus inquiries for individual coaching can be obtained from Linda Cornish on 01934 750402 or via e-mail at deancornish@aol.com

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Meanwhile two DC Tennis coaches attended a highly-successful open day at the club, which brought in a number of new members, while representatives of the committee were at the village's Millennium Fair where they supervised a mini-tennis court which attracted queues of youngsters throughout the afternoon.

The next club open day will be on Saturday, July 11, while a number of club tournaments and social events are being organised throughout the summer. Anyone interested in joining should contact membership secretary Suzie Stockwell at winscombelawntennisclub@live.co.uk

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