Juniors set out on road to Wimbledon

16:14 25 May 2012

Picture submitted. Ref shsp Sidmouth Tennis Club Junior Tournament 1

Picture submitted. Ref shsp Sidmouth Tennis Club Junior Tournament 1

Archant

Sidmouth Tennis Club hosted a full weekend of matches for club juniors in the “Road to Wimbledon” tournament, writes Lesley Cranston.

On Saturday an informal event provided competiton at all levels from ‘mini-reds’ (age four to eight) through to young teenagers. This was an informal event with lots going on off court to keep the youngsters entertained, and fed and watered. The day required a lot of organisation by club coach, Sue Wiltshire together with junior co-ordinator, Debbie Snelgrove and the social committee plus helpers in order to make this a fun day and a big success prior to the main event the following day.

Jed Ionov in the younger age group won most matches with Verity Larby winning the prize for best effort.

Sunday saw nine boys and five girls compete in their respective sections in a round robin format with the winners of each going forward to play against other Devon club winners in Exeter next month. Children from 10 to 13 are eligible for this event and were organised into groups so each had at least two matches, best of three sets, the winners of the respective groups playing off to produce a finalist.

In the boys section, James Clarke emerged the winner over Johnny Surtees in a hard-fought final that kept spectators thoroughly engaged.

The girls’ final was a family affair between the Wiltshire sisters which also went to the wire, Mollie just managing to outshine younger sister, Katie 10-7 in the final tie-break.

Well done, everyone who took part, there is some promising talent in evidence amongst our juniors which is heartening to see.

Good luck to Mollie and James in Exeter.

Raffle prizes for 'Road to Wimbledon' event were very generously donated by:

Sports Replublic, The Lantern Shop, Made, Hotchpotch, Sweet Temptations, Forever England, Occasions of Sidmouth, Thorntons, Humbug, Paragon Books, Gliddons, Taste, Costa and White Horse.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more
Terrific tea, creamy cakes and splendid sandwiches at Mews of Mayfair.

Celebrate a truly quintessentially British tradition with the chance of winning a luxurious Afternoon Tea for two people at Mews of Mayfair, complete with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Read more