Wimbledon is just around the corner and Wellington Tennis Club will be hosting its own Wimbledon Tournament on Sunday 9th July, the middle Sunday of the Championships. Ten adults and ten juniors will pair up and play in a round robin format with scores being collated and winners receiving medals. The event will end with a BBQ and strawberries and cream.
In recent matches the club’s ‘B’ team defeated Minehead C 7-3. Sue Rackley and Edward Cross won their mixed doubles 6-0,6-4 whilst Geoff Lee and Philippa Deem narrowly lost their championship tie- break. Sue and Philippa won their Ladies’ Doubles 6-2, 6-3 and the men won the deciding championship tie-break to win overall.
The newly promoted ‘B’ team is currently sitting top of Division 3. Sue Rackley said, “We’re playing well at the moment and I think this is down to regular practice on Club nights and throughout the winter months. We’re feeling more confident with every game – but now have some tough matches ahead of us.”
‘C’ team playing away at Minehead won their match 7-2 in sets overall. Simon Cross, partnering Stan Rogers, won their championship tie-break in a closely fought match. The ladies, Lydia Cross and Yaz Cannell, had an easier match winning 6-1, 6-0. In the mixed doubles, Stan and Yaz won 6-1, 6-2 whilst father and daughter team, SImon and Lydia, also won 6-4, 6-3.
The ‘A’ team played away at Trull. With Wellington’s ‘A’ team captain Carl Puzey absent Edward Cross played up and partnered Sam Edwards, Wellington’s reigning Men’s Singles Champion, to win 6-3, 6-0. Liz Deem and Janet Dobson won 6-2, 6-1 whilst Sam and Liz won 7-5, 6-0. Finally Janet and Edward lost but overall Wellington won 7-2 in sets. This win should now push them up from 3rd position in Division 2.
The U14 team also played an exciting match against Trull’s U14s. The first and second doubles was a very close contest with Wellington winning in the championship tie-break. However, Trull won overall 13-5. Sue said, “We’re lucky to have many juniors to select and our less experienced players gain a lot by playing with more experienced players. In a match you can really see their tactical game improve. Our U17 matches resume again soon too after a break for the exam season.”
Concerning the planned new court at the club, Sue said, “The Club has been busy applying for various grants. We’re awaiting to hear the outcome from a couple of funds we have applied for. We’re also going to approach local businesses about sponsoring boards to put around the courts like those at the County Cricket Ground. If any business is interested in promoting the company in this way to support the third court email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public court can be booked at C&C Carpets for £6 an hour.