Successful finals day at Cheddar Tennis Club

PUBLISHED: 10:10 29 September 2017

Cheddar Tennis Club.

Cheddar Tennis Club.

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Cheddar Tennis Club held its annual finals day with many excellent matches watched by enthusiastic members and supporters.

Cheddar Tennis Club’s annual finals day brought the summer season to a fitting climax with some excellent matches watched by enthusiastic club members and supporters.

First on court were the ladies’ doubles and men’s doubles finals. In the ladies, Juliet Knight and Sarah Strawbridge beat Jennie Colton and Ruth Rogers 6-2, 6-4 in a hard-fought match with many lengthy rallies.

It was Juliet’s 10th victory in the event, played with many different partners over the years, a testament to her skill.

The men’s event was a closer affair with Chris Landen and Alan Foster gradually gaining the upper hand over opponents Roger Dennis and Andrew Mearns to come through 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Andrew Mearns and Ruth Rogers were soon back on court, partnering each other in the mixed doubles final against Matthew Hill and Rachel Rossiter. This time they were victorious, winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in another nail-biting contest.

Ruth had also won through to the ladies’ singles final to play Juliet Knight, but the players agreed to postpone this match to another day, so the final match of the afternoon was the men’s singles between head coach Stephen Pearce and Mark Rickard.

Pearce was on top form, winning 6-1, 6-2, although the scoreline was not a true reflection of the quality of the tennis.

Cheddar Parish Council chairman Peter Colton presented trophies and prizes to all the finalists and thanked tournament organiser Steve Watkins and caterer Rosemary Gilling for making the event successful.

The club is now looking forward to a full winter programme, and for anyone who is thinking of picking up a racquet again, or who fancies an energetic workout with cardiotennis, the club is offering a free session with the coach.

Contact Stephen Pearce on 07904 061301 or email or go to

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