Open week at Clevedon

CLEVEDON Lawn Tennis Club is hosting its annual Junior Open Tennis Tournament over the week from July 19 to 26.

CLEVEDON Lawn Tennis Club is hosting its annual Junior Open Tennis Tournament over the week from July 19 to 26.

There have been a record number of entries to this hugely popular and successful event this year and the schedule is absolutely packed with what promises to be an exciting week of junior tennis of the highest standard.

They have 30 entries to the mini red, orange and green tournaments with competitors coming from as far away as Oxford and Cornwall to play on the Clevedon courts. Overall, there are more than 80 competitors in all competitions and the prospect of playing the Clevedon Junior Open was so popular that some potential competitors had to be turned away.

Just as at last year's success, there promises to be a great atmosphere and some thrilling grass roots junior tennis on display. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come and watch the tennis and view the club's facilities. There will be food and drink available throughout the proceedings, so if you are still suffering from Wimbledon withdrawal symptoms or would simply enjoy watching some tennis at a friendly club then come along and have a good time.

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Clevedon's first team wrapped up the Division 1 North Somerset title with their tenth win in 10 matches. They played their final match away, against Victoria A, at Street. The team, which included Mike Dale, Sid Falconer, James Bassett and Alex Allen, played the majority of the league-winning matches this season.

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The second team played at home against Victoria's second team and managed an 8-2 win to secure their position in Division 2. The third team did not have a match but were confirmed champions of Division 7 and are promoted to Division 6 for next season.

Friday night saw the conclusion of the Avon League with both the men's first and second teams playing at home, both teams won their matches 10-0.

The first team finish second in Division 2, but the second team's future depends on other matches played on Friday night. The first team was Mike Dale, Sid Falconer, James Bassett and Alex Allen and the Second team was Jason Burgoyne, Mark Burchfield, Ross Adams and Mark Riggott.

The ladies' A team came up against strong opposition when they played their final match of the North Somerset Summer League against top of Division 2 Bridgwater. Despite some excellent tennis from Clevedon's ladies, Bridgwater's first pair proved too strong and the final result was a disappointing 7-4 to Bridgwater. The match was played by Brenda Plummer, Shirley Hyde, Jenny Bowen and Linda Reynolds. The A team end the season with a respectable third place and will remain in Division 2 next season.

The B team managed to secure a draw against current division leaders Wedmore. Lucy Turner, Becca Ewing, Doreen Bailey and Sue Norman made up the team. The future of the B team depends on other matches played on Tuesday night, but it is expected their place in Division 3 will be secure for next season.

Nikki Hind, Emma Gurhy, Deb Barnes and Gill Grinyer narrowly missed their first victory for the C team when they played Wells and recorded a score of 4 -7, their best to date, only narrowly missing out on a win by dropping a set during the second rubber. The C team finished bottom of Division 6 and will be relegated to Division 7 next season.

In the Avon League, the final match was played away at Thornbury by Alison Webber, Mary Alvarez, Becca Ewing and Stephanie Allen. The team was outclassed by a strong and experienced Thornbury side and finished the evening on a 10-0 defeat. Clevedon will be promoted into Division 3 next season.

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