In between showers Wellington Tennis Club members of all ages took to the courts for their annual Finals’ Day Tournament last weekend, a day described by Chair Sue Rackley as “full of high quality shot-making by established talents regaining their titles and impressive play by the Club’s U18 year olds. It’s encouraging to see that the Club has real talent emerging from our coaching programmes.”
Tournament winners were: Veteran Ladies Doubles: Marion Stephens and Caroline Nicholas; Veteran Men’s Singles: Brian Davenport; Ladies Doubles: Janet Dobson and Marion Stephens; Men’s Doubles: Edward Cross and James Cross; Ladies Singles: Lydia Cross; Men’s Singles: James Cross; Girls U18 Singles: Lydia Cross; Boys U18 Singles Will Mitchell; Mixed Doubles: James Cross and Shania Cheung. John O’Toole (7) was presented with the ‘Best Beginner’ trophy, Arthur Burns-Cox won the cup for ‘Most Improved Player’ and Joel Griffiths received the ‘Keenest Player’ cup.
The tournament marks the end of a busy season at the club. Sue Rackley explained: “Throughout the summer the courts have been used extensively for inter-club matches, a week-long children’s Summer Camp, busy Club Nights and mix-in mornings and there have been lots of regular general public bookings too. I’d like to thank C&C Carpets for their efficient handling of this for us. We’ve gained 9 new members and I’m hoping some of the adults and children who came to the Community Sports Day will become members too.”
Looking ahead to the club’s autumn season Sue said, “Traditionally, after Finals’ Day when the nights are drawing in, there’s often less activity on the courts but I hope this will not be the case now we have floodlights. Cardio Tennis – tennis drills aimed to get your heart beating faster – are restarting on Wednesday 18th September at 6:30 pm. Non members are welcome. It’s £3 and racquets can be borrowed for the session.”
“Philippa Deem is organising a ‘Dawn to Dusk’ fundraising event where players stagger their attendance to play doubles on both courts from 6 am until 6 pm. The money is split between a local charity and the Club.”
“Coaching starts again on Wed 11th September from 2 pm for adult returners, then junior sessions from 4pm – and there are Saturday sessions for children from 4 to 16, all led by Club Coach Dan Sizer and LTA coaches. A Junior tournament will be held on Sunday 8th December.”
Sue added, “I’d like to thank the hardworking committee who are always willing to give up precious time to make days like these such a success. We’re lucky to have committed members who support these events.”