Lewis retains his title

PUBLISHED: 09:16 07 October 2011

Cheddar Tennis Club winners.

Cheddar Tennis Club winners.

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Lewis Taylor retains his junior singles title at Weston Tennis Club.

JUNIOR members from Weston Tennis Club took part in the annual club tournament.

The morning saw the Under-18 boys event, with Lewis Taylor emerging a deserved winner. Lewis retained his title by beating a spirited Dan Gadsby in the final.

The winner of the Under-18 girls event was Fiona Bell, who beat Leah Taylor in a superbly contested three set battle.

The winner of the Under-12 boys event was Rory Payton, Ashwin Tomy finishing as a close runner-up.

The club welcomes new members of all ages and abilities. For more details call Bob Wilson on 01934 628070 or visit www.westontennisclub.co.uk

JUNIOR players stole the limelight at Cheddar Tennis Club’s annual tournament finals day.

Seventeen-year-old James Knight kept a firm grip on the men’s singles title, beating all the men along the way to win the event for the fourth year running. The ladies’ singles saw a junior triumph too, with 14-year-old Amy Rossiter beating the seniors to take the title for the first time. Partnering Laura Sheffield, Amy also won the ladies’ doubles event.

Despite several rain interruptions, spectators were able to enjoy some enthralling matches, none more so than the boy’s Under-18 doubles in which brothers Tom and Robbie Bridgwater came from a set down to beat Ben Attwood and Dudley Patience on a tie break.

The boy’s Under-14 singles final was equally close, with Max Moore recovering from dropping the first set to win the match by two sets to one against close rival Joe Marks.

Thanks were given to John Hodgetts for organising the tournament and preparing ploughman’s lunches for the onlookers and, despite these duties, he still had the time and energy on the day to partner Claire Lacy to victory in the mixed doubles final.

Full results. Boy’s Under-12 singles: Luke Adams bt Tom Botsford 6-3, 6-1; boy’s Under-14 singles: Max Moore bt Joe Marks 4-6, 6-3, 6-3; boy’s Under-16 singles: Charlie Beake bt Ed Jackson 6-0, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5); boy’s Under-18 doubles: Tom and Robbie Bridgwater bt Ben Attwood and Dudley Patience 1-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8).

Men’s singles: James Knight bt Grant Garge 6-2, 6-1; ladies’ singles: Amy Rossiter bt Ruth Rogers 6-1, 6-1; men’s doubles: Hal Davidson and Grant Garge bt James Knight and Steve Mercer 6-2, 6-2; ladies’ doubles: Amy Rossiter and Laura Sheffield bt Paula Virgo and Sarah Walsh 6-4, 6-3; mixed doubles: John Hodgetts and Claire Lacy bt James Knight and Susan Bates 6-3, 6-3.

BURNHAM’S Avenue C team started their winter mixed doubles with a winning visit to nearby Lympsham.

The team consisted of head coach Vinny Duddy, playing with his daughter Heather, Kelly Ann Vennal and promising youngster Tom Holder. Duddy said the weather was fabulous for playing tennis and the Lympsham club was welcoming and its players competitive.

Duddy said playing tennis with his daughter, in one of the club’s teams, was one of the major reasons he seriously took up tennis and coaching after his football playing days were finished by injury.

The club will be holding a junior tennis camp daily from 9am-4pm, during the next school holiday from October 24-28. More details on the camp and all the other coaching opportunities at the club are available on 01278 782758 or via www.avenuetennis.com

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