While tennis fans focused on play at Wimbledon tennis players locally focused on their own Wimbledon Tournament when Wellington Tennis Club hosted its annual competition.
The event involved both adults and juniors – with lots of spectators supporting from the sidelines. The unique format of the competition meant that each junior player was paired with an adult with partners changing after 5 games. Players were seeded and results collated by format organisers Jane and Chris Hampden who were responsible for maintaining the flow of matches.
Lydia Mitchell won the junior gold medal with Harry Stafford in 2nd place winning a silver medal. Ian Davies – a new club member – and Ben Thorne were joint adult winners. Ben’s wife and 3 sons also played in the tournament.
Sue Rackley, Chair of Wellington Tennis Club, said, “The standard of play from our juniors impressed everyone and it was a thoroughly enjoyable day with many new members joining in the fun. As a club we have a number of teenagers now playing matches in our senior teams – and playing very well.”
Eight lucky club members have each been allocated a pair of Wimbledon tickets through the LTA’s ballot. One member has two tickets for the Men’s Finals Day. “I’m looking forward to hearing about their wonderful experience,” Sue said.
A raffle raised £68 in aid of The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust which supports wheelchair players