At the recent Leigh & Westcliff Platinum Ball, trophies and certificates were presented to captains/players of our successful teams for the last three completed seasons. These included our Ladies 2 and Mixed 3 teams in Winter 2021/22, our Ladies 3, Mens 3 and Mixed 4 teams in Summer 2021, and our Ladies 2, 4 and 5 and Mens 1 teams in Winter 2019/20. In addition, our Mens 1 team received the trophy for the Summer Jubilee Knock Out Cup competition in Summer 2021. Well done to everyone in our teams!
Great to see some of our own junior members reaching the final stages of events at the Westcliff Lawn Half Term Junior Tournament. This was a three day Grade 4 open tournament with nine singles events for various ages. In the 8&U Mixed Singles event, Finn Fordham beat Beau Moore, both club members, in the final, whilst in the 18&U Boys Singles final, Freddy Ward came out top against brother George Ward. Well done to all our club members who took part, and thanks to Graham for refereeing the event and to those members who helped with organisation and providing refreshments for competitors and spectators. For details of future LTA open tournaments at Westcliff Lawn, please visit https://competitions.lta.org.uk/find?Q=westcliff…
What a turnout for this year’s Captain’s Day! About 65 members, family and friends came to the club at some point during the day to enjoy a BBQ lunch, social tennis in the afternoon and/or afternoon tea. Many were there for all three!! And in glorious sunshine! Many thanks to our club captain, Steve, for hosting the event, organising tennis with prizes for winners of every set played, and for providing a fabulous spread of cakes at tea time, washed down by prosecco! Thanks also to our BBQ chefs, Peter and Tim, assisted by Tim’s son Thomas, to Hazel for serving afternoon tea, and to Andy for manning the bar. A great way for us all to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Westcliff Lawn has held a first stage “Play Your Way To Wimbledon” tournament for our club junior members. The winners of the four events played now have the opportunity to compete in County or Regional finals to try for a place in the National finals to be played at Wimbledon later this summer. The 14&U Boys Singles was won by Callum Pettit with Thomas Cauchi runner up and the 14&U Girls Singles was won by Julia Davey with Thea Hawkins runner up. In the 18&U Boys Doubles, Freddy & George Ward were the winners beating Callum Pettit & Daniel Eldridge, whilst the 18&U Girls Doubles was won by Elodie Wainwright & Eleni Tryfonos who beat Julia & Rachel Davey. Well played everyone and good luck to all the winners at the next stage of the competition!
Great to see club members Freddy and George Ward benefiting from a doubles coaching session from Ken Skupski, current international player and doubles specialist. Ken visited Westcliff Lawn and spent 3 hours on court with the boys. Ken intends to continue coaching Freddy and George – exciting times ahead for the boys!