Winter open event at Cheddar

THE Under-12s put on a great display of competitive tennis in Cheddar Tennis Club’s winter open junior tournament.

THE Under-12s put on a great display of competitive tennis in Cheddar Tennis Club’s winter open junior tournament.

With nearly 30 boys from all over the south and South Wales entering the event, tournament organiser Peter Colton was able to run three separate competitions.

Entries in the girls’ event were also strong, but with fewer numbers, while only three boys competed in the Under-10s, but all to a high standard.

The LTA’s tennis development manager for Somerset and Dorset, James Deem, watched the Under-12 grade 4 finals and was impressed with the skill and tenacity of the winners, who both won comprehensively in straight sets.


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In the girls’ event, Lauren King-Sparke beat Nell Arendt without dropping a game and in the boys’ section, Joe Blakely beat Henry Dennler for the loss of just one game.

The boys’ grade 5 event was much tighter with Ben Procter and Jonathan Barber each taking a set 4-1, before Ben wrapped up victory in the deciding tie break.

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Because of odd numbers of boys entering the Under-10 and Under-12 grade 6 competitions, both were played to round robin formats, Ryan Harris winning the Under-12s and Ben Abrahams from Devon the Under-10s.

Full results - boys’ Under-10 grade 6: winner Ben Abrahams (Devon), runner-up Alfie Bingham (Somerset); boys Under-12 grade 4: Joe Blakely (Wiltshire), Henry Dennler (Dorset); boys Under-12 grade 5: Ben Procter (Oxford), Jonathan Barber (Somerset); boys Under-12 grade 6: Ryan Harris (Avon), Jack Stubbs (Somerset); girls Under-12 grade 4: Lauren King-Sparke (Bucks), Nell Arendt (Middlesex).

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