Club Champs Singles Report

[written by Tom Lockey]

Wednesday evening saw eight players compete in the clubs singles tournament for their respective titles.

The evening began on court with the Men’s semi-finals, first up was last year’s finalist Arthur Buckley up against Tom Lockey. A couple of close early games proved decisive in the result, with Tom taking the set 6-0 and was the first man in the final. The next Men’s semi-final saw two previous winners, Craig Flint and Ed Blount, go head to head. A tight set was eventually won by Craig 6-4, who managed to outlast Ed in a tiring victory and reach the final for a second consecutive year.

Next up on court was the Ladies final, which saw the Fullers, Jane and Katie, go up against each other for family bragging rights. It was always going to be tough for Jane against her daughter, and so it proved to be, with young Katie managing to overpower Jane and take the set 6-1, to retain her title.

Up next was the Men’s plate final (The Richard Drury Trophy), which featured Rob Harwood and veteran Rick Drury. After a close couple of first games, Rick managed to edge into the lead with a crucial break and never looked back. After entertaining the crowd with some exceptional tennis, he held his nerve and managed to serve out the set to win his maiden Plate trophy, 6-4. Congrats on 5th place.

Last on court was the Men’s final, which saw Tom Lockey trying to overcome last year’s winner Craig Flint. A close match up proved to be so, as the set began with both players having strong holds of serve, a pattern that would not be broken throughout until the score reached 6-6 all. The title would be decided on a tie-break, after Tom went 2-0 up with a mini-break, the third point was a crucial one, as an exhaustive rally was played out with both players hustling around the court, Tom hit a net-cord, which seemingly rolled across the rope for a lifetime before dropping onto Craig’s side of the court. An apology from Tom’s side of the net didn’t seem too believable. A couple of missed opportunities gave Craig some hope, however this proved futile with Tom taking the tie-break 7-2 and with it the Men’s singles title.

A big thank you should go to Angela Blount for organising the event and to her husband Steve for providing the food. Finally, thank you to everyone that turned up and showed support, see you in a year.

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Tom with his winners Trophy.

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