Open day at Weston Tennis Club

TO coincide with the middle of Wimbledon fortnight Weston Tennis Club is holding an open day on June 28 between 10am and 3pm.

TO coincide with the middle of Wimbledon fortnight Weston Tennis Club is holding an open day on June 28 between 10am and 3pm.

Adults and juniors are invited to come along for a free game and to experience the facilities that have recently benefited from a �100,000 makeover. Racquets will be available for use if required and the LTA club coach, Michael Rakosi, and committee members will be present to give advice on coaching and memberships.

Following the open day, the club is holding a grand opening of its new courts and floodlighting facilities. The club enjoys good relations in the local community and it has invited residents from neighbouring properties to attend this event.

The club has over 100 members, but is looking to expand in order to maximise use of the impressive new facilities.

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Weston is again fielding five men's and two ladies teams in the North Somerset Tennis League. Although many members enjoy the competitive element, much social tennis is played and popular club sessions are held every Tuesday and Saturday afternoons, Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings, when visitors and prospective new members are made welcome.

Michael Rakosi holds group coaching sessions for adults on Thursday evenings and the club have initiated a comprehensive junior and adult coaching throughout the week including mini tennis to introduce youngsters to the game. Michael also provides individual coaching by arrangement for adults and juniors of all standards.

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For further information about the club, based in Neva Road near the railway station, please ring Bob Wilson on 625603 or visit the club website

WHILE Andy Murray was enjoying victory in the men's singles at Queens Club, London, down in Cheddar it was the youngsters who were having all the fun as Cheddar Tennis Club staged its latest mini orange and mini green tournament. This was an LTA sponsored event for children under ten years old from around Somerset.

The event was organised by club coach Stephen Pearce who also runs the weekly mini tennis coaching programme at Cheddar on Fridays after school and on Saturday mornings. All the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the winners on the day were: mini orange, winner Bethan Lacey (Taunton), runner-up Elloise Darby (Cheddar); mini green, winner Kester Griffiths (Taunton).

There are still places available for children from 4 years old wanting to have coaching this term and there will also be summer holiday tennis courses running at the club from 29-31 July and 18-20 August. Places can be booked on one or both courses. For more information contact Lynne Cornish 01934 750402 or club secretary Jennie Colton 01934 742703.

Lympsham's men's tennis teams continue to go from strength to strength under the expert guidance of team captain Charlie Hart, who elected to sit out of the A-team in order to give younger players' an opportunity, while keeping up Lympsham's fine tradition of hospitality by happily taking drinks off anyone who offered.

In division 2, the A-team, consisting of Charlie Thompson, Dave Austen, Rob Grimshaw & Steve Halls scored another convincing win, this time beating close rivals Clevedon 10-1 with the first pair playing their best tennis of the year and with the second pair's Rob Grimshaw carrying a back injury and a dodgy backhand.

The B-team of Grant Garge, Chris Barrett, Karaoke Barry & Robin Leveridge, continued their dominance of division 6, and are heading ever upwards, with another 10-0 win, this time away against Cheddar.

The C-team had a narrow 4-8 loss at home against Brent Knoll. Phil Collings & Steve Grist took the easy route to victory while Dave Luff & Ollie Poole opted for some late night tennis before losing in 3 sets. Promotion remains a distinct possibility.

The D-team of John Hart, Phil the Butcher, Blakey & Colm O'Irishname lost 9-2 away to a strong Winscombe side, and will be buoyed by the fact that there is no relegation from division 10 unless they want to start their own league.

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