Another two Tennis for Kids courses come to an end and Graham presents all participants with certificates. This is an LTA backed initiative with a course of 6 one hour lessons costing £25 and anyone signing up receives a racket, balls and a personalised t-shirt. Groups are for 4-7 year olds and 8-11 year olds. More courses start in September details online
Club member Sarah Ball took part in the Racketlon World Championships in Zurich this week playing squash, table tennis, badminton and tennis against each of her opponents in the Womens +50 competition. Sarah won one of her three matches and in each of her other two matches, she won two of the four sports played and finished in 3rd place overall. Against the eventual winner, Sarah lost by just a single point across the four sports. A great achievement for Sarah – third in the world and unbeaten at tennis – very well done!
A great week for Aaron Hilsum in the Road to Wimbledon Finals 2018. Aaron played in the County Under 14 Boys Singles which started as a round robin event from which he progressed to the knockout stage of the competition. After winning his first match in the knockout draw, Aaron then unfortunately lost in a very hard fought match 6-3, 7-6. However, this was in the last 16 which was a fantastic achievement for Aaron who represented both Westcliff Lawn and Essex admirably. Congratulations!
The Westcliff Lawn Tennis Club Summer Open Tournament saw three titles for club member Anthony Weingarten and also the Player of the Tournament Award. Anthony won the Mens Singles on the opening Sunday, followed by the 18 & Under Boys Singles and finally the Mens Doubles with partner Ben Rowe. Very well done Anthony! The tournament attracted both local players and some from further afield and included various age groups playing both singles and doubles. Many thanks to the trio of tournament organisers/referees for all their hard work – Lesley & Ian Pitt and Graham Boosey. Thanks also to members who helped look after the courts, provide refreshments, man the bar and umpire younger age groups – Marion & Bill Dixon, Sandra & Mark Taylor, Wendy Thrale, Andy Barker, Will Bailes and Heather Garland. Their contributions made the return of our Open Tournament a great success for the club and an event that hopefully can be repeated next year.
An excellent week’s tennis and holiday for all those who travelled to Penzance for the Open Tournament this year. Success in the finals for Cally & Tasha in the Ladies Handicap Doubles, Sarah with partner Cesar (Southampton) in the Mixed Senior Doubles, Dave with Brian (Woodford Wells) in the Mens Senior Doubles and Lucas with Charlotte (Southampton) in the Mixed Handicap Doubles. Congratulations! Commiserations but well done for reaching the finals to Sarah & Gill in the Ladies Open Doubles, Gary with Iain MacDonald in the Mens Over 55 Doubles, Lucas in the Mens Singles Qualifying Section, Aaron & Lloyd in the Mens Handicap Doubles, Gill with Bryn (Penzance) in the Ladies Over 55 Doubles, Graham with Jenny (Penzance) in the Mixed Handicap Doubles, and Iain with Tina (Berkshire) in the Mixed Senior Doubles. Well done Steve for refereeing so efficiently and agreeing to take on the job again next year when it will be the 70th Penzance Open Tournament. If you haven’t yet been to play or spectate and want to know more, ask Steve for details. Photos can be seen here (Facebook album – you do not need an account to view).