• Club Tournaments

                                                      SINGLES TOURNAMENT 2020

    Due to restrictions on playing in force since March, we decided to introduce a new format this year. Instead of being a straight knock-out with players handicapped according to ability we opted for a group round robin style, which meant players got the chance to play more than a single match.

    Originally there were 13 entries forming 2 groups consisting of 7 and 6 players. Two of the top 4 “seeds” were placed in each group and each player had the opportunity to play everyone in their group. Format was 2 sets with a third tie-break set if required and the winner and runner-up in each group would qualify for a semi-final.

    In Group 1, all but two matches were played in the time frame allowed and results were as forecast – Simon Kitching (seed 3) topping it with Frank Kucera (seed 1) finishing runner-up.

    Group 2 however proved somewhat problematic. After only one match Tom Johnson (seed 2) pulled out due to injury and one player didn’t even start. In the end Neil Hutchinson (seed 4 ) won the group with unseeded Pete Misevic being runner-up on countback.

    Simon disposed of Pete and Frank beat Neil in a very close encounter.

    The final took place on Saturday 5th September between Simon and Frank. It proved to be an epic contest, worthy of the final with Simon just coming out on top 6:4, 6:7, 12:10.


    2020 has been a challenging year for all of us with the Covid 19 pandemic ever present in all aspects of our lives, including the running of the clubs different events. Nonetheless, this tournament has been a feature of the club for many years, and we were therefore pleased to see that after taking due care and attention to minimizing the Covid 19 risk, 14 players entered the tournament, which was scheduled for Sunday 6th September.

    Having watched the weather forecast over the preceding week it appeared that we would escape the worst of the wet and windy weather, unfortunately on the day having got through a couple of rounds the skies opened and a persistent heavy downpour prematurely ended play. From all those present on the day this was the first time we could remember the weather intervening in the progress of the tournament. It was then decided to reschedule for Sunday 13th September starting at 9.30 am. All members were offered another chance to join the tournament, which would then have been started again, from scratch, but with only one taker it was agreed that when we met again on 13th September we would complete the outstanding rounds, with the previous scores standing.

    Thankfully Sunday 13th September was a sunny morning and we were therefore able to complete the tournament with no further weather delays. Given the random mix of players that constitutes the format of this event, there is always a lot of enjoyable and frantic tennis; this year was no exception. The Ladies event saw several of our very recent newcomers, Louisa Smithers, Kate Rollin, Dee North and Oriel Kenny, taking part, as well as Norma Johnson and Vanessa Greenwood who have been with the club for several years. In the end a very impressive performance by Michelle Clyde (below left) resulted in her lifting the Ladies Winner’s trophy with a score of 18 points, and Oriel Kenny (on the right) was Runner-Up with a very commendable 15 points.

    In the Men’s event Frank Kucera (below left) was too strong for the opposition, amassing the highest score on the day, with a total of 19 points to take the Winner’s trophy. David Miller (right) played really solidly to take the Runner-Up trophy with a good score of 15 points.

    Regrettably only one Intermediate entered the tournament, something we would like to change for next year. Notwithstanding that Hamish Klemz, our Intermediate Winner (below middle) with a very creditable score of 13 points, always performs well in his matches at the club, and his recent growth has provided him with that extra power and agility that will equip him well for the future development of his game.

    Well done to all for entering the tournament. I reckon everyone enjoyed their “socially distanced” tennis and we look forward to less restrictive times next year.