Tennis Tournaments & Fixtures

Dates: Sep 30 – Oct 2
Details: *Category B Open Championship (Level Singles for Handicaps 10-19)
Location: Hyde
Organiser: B Ronaldson

A full weekend on the 1st and 2nd of October saw the return of the 10-19s Category B tournament to the Hyde Real Tennis club in Dorset.

As usual, the tournament was divided into the 10-14s and the 15-19s, and this time round there were three more entrants as the Amateurs turned out in more numbers than the previous year.


Simon Barker was the number one seed coming into the 15-19s this year, having won the 10-14s the year before, but he came a cropper against Squash talent Simon Roach who took the quarter final 6/5 6/2.

Sparring partners at Essex Sarah Vigrass and Lewis Williams had a tight match, but Sarah’s extended experience and legs saw her through comfortably in the last set 6/4 5/6 6/1.

Neil Mackenzie (son of our Chairman here at the Hyde) and his newfound skills under Adam Philips at Lords managed to defeat the proud new father Adrian Fawcus 3/6 6/2 6/3.

Michael Williams had an almost error free match against poor Jolyon Symonds, who tried desperately to find a chink in the armour and never gave up at any stage, but the Aussie from Queen’s Club had a purple patch for what seemed an age as he swept up 6/0 6/1. Fresh off this victory Michael then made short work of Mackenzie in the semi-final 6/1 6/3, whilst Sarah Vigrass managed to survive an epic battle against Simon Roach 6/4 2/6 6/4.

The final produced Sarah’s finest tennis of the weekend as she managed to even the set scores after an hours play 2/6 6/3, but as we entered her ninth set of the weekend Michael seemed to step up a gear and found renewed energy to power his volleys away and chase the ball down and he managed to clinch the last set 6/4.

Michael Williams wins the 15-19s 6/2 3/6 6/4 against Sarah Vigrass.

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