An excellent day’s tennis when the finals of our 2018 Club Championships were played. Well done to all competitors, both winners and runners up. A special mention for Sarah Ball and Cally Flinders who each won three titles, plus Geoff Spillett and Graham Boosey who each won two titles. Commiserations to Andrea Spillett who unfortunately was unable to play on the day in the Mixed Family Doubles final.
Photos from finals day can be seen on our Facebook page (no account required to view).
Thanks to club captain, Steve, for organising this year’s tournaments and finals day so efficiently as usual. And many thanks to the ladies who ensured refreshments were available all day – Wendy, Sandra and Marion, with help from Irene and Jane. Very much appreciated by both players and spectators!
Another successful social event with 24 players in a “Tiebreak Tens” tournament followed by a BBQ. Everyone played 9 championship tiebreaks in all with different partners/opponents in mens, ladies and mixed doubles. Congratulations to ladies winner Claire Elliott and runner up Deb Saund, and mens winner Dave Lambe and runner up Aaron Hilsum. Thanks to all those who played, watched or came for the bbq afterwards.
Congratulations to club member Anthony Weingarten in the last tournament of the summer holidays, the Essex County Closed. Anthony won the 16 & Under Boys Singles event, beating the top seed Daniel Chamoun in the final 7-5, 6-4. In addition, Anthony won the 16 & Under Boys Doubles with partner Ben Rowe, and was runner up in the 18 & Under Boys Singles. An excellent week for Anthony – well played!
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
Or for those who have already attended a Tennis for Kids course, Graham is running Mini Red sessions after school on Mondays/Tuesdays or our club coaching morning is available for all age groups on Saturdays.
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!
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).
The 69th Penzance Open Tournament starts on Monday. Good luck to all our members playing in the tournament. There are now almost 50 members and family making the 335 mile/6 hour journey to Penzance to play or spectate! Once again, Steve is Tournament Referee. He has been hard at work for the past two days doing the draws and scheduling – all available to view here. Follow the progress of our members in the tournament on the WLTC Facebook page. (If you do not have a Facebook account, go to the Home page and scroll down to see a live feed showing the latest Facebook posts.)
A very good season for all our teams, especially our three ladies teams! Ladies 1 captained by Julie Milner came 4th in Div 1 (only 1 point behind 3rd place), Ladies 2 won Div 2 and Ladies 3 won Div 3. Congratulations to all players and especially 2nd and 3rd team captains Deb Goldhawk and Andrea Spillett. Our three Mens teams all came 2nd in their respective divisions 1, 2 & 6. Well done to all concerned and captains Neil Attwood, Rowland Swain and Andy Barker. Our Mixed 1 team in Division 1 finished 2nd just one point/set behind David Lloyd though the team were unbeaten all season. Mixed 2 and Mixed 4 both came 3rd in their respective divisions, whilst Mixed 3 team won Division 4 and gain promotion to Division 3 for next summer. Well done to team captain Jane Hunter and all those who played in the team this summer.