• Club Tournaments

     MASHAMSHIRE TENNIS CLUB – FUN DOUBLES TOURNAMENT 2018

    This year’s tournament saw a strong turn out, with 16 competitors taking part during what was a lovely warm and sunny afternoon on Sunday 2nd September. The tournament involves players being drawn into pairs and then each pair plays all other pairs in a mini match consisting of 4 games. At the end of the event the player with the most points (games won) in each category is the winner.

    As always the draw had produced some interesting doubles combinations and the event set off under the watchful eye of our President, Terry Marshall, who had kindly offered his services to keep the scores for the day. As you can see in this photograph the courts were a hive of activity during the event.

    The ladies event was particularly well contested, with a count-back being required to separate the 3 ladies who tied on a very commendable total of 16 points. After some intense sums the scorer determined that Clare Allinson, seen here (left) collecting her trophy from Terry, had won the event, with Michelle Clyde and Felicity Cunliffe-Lister (right) being joint runners-up. Congratulations go to all 3 ladies for their excellent performances on the day.

    The Men’s event produced the top score of the day with Simon Kitching amassing the amazing total of 22 points and thus winning the event. The very close runner up was Frank Kucera with 21 points. Simon (left) and Frank (right) can be seen receiving their trophies from Terry.

    The final event was the Intermediates, which is contested by those members under the age of 18. It was good to see Hamish and Alfie taking part in this event and after the day’s play had completed Hamish came away with the trophy having achieved a very good score of 16 points. Hamish can be seen collecting his trophy (below) from Terry.

    HANDICAP SINGLES TOURNAMENT 2018

    Since 2014 Terry Marshall has kindly run a handicap singles competition on behalf of the club. The event is a knock-out competition where competitors play the best of 3 sets, where each set is the first to 25 points. To try and even things out competitors are given a handicap dependent upon their relative level of play, as assessed by a small group of seeding committee members. This year saw a strong turnout with 16 members entering the event. With the draw made the competition commenced in June.

    Once again it was apparent that the seeding committee had got the handicaps pretty well sorted and as a result throughout the competition there were a number of really close and well contested matches.

    In the top half of the draw David Miller had an impressive run of victories against Hamish Klemz and Scott Hird before obtaining a bye in the semi-final due to an injury for Clare Allinson. Thus David found himself in the final for the first time.

    In the bottom half of the draw the first round saw Tom Johnson meet Simon Kitching in a repeat of the 2017 final. Once again a really close match ensued with Tom coming out winner in 2 close sets. Frank Kucera was also making his way through the rounds after a victory against one of our Intermediates, Tom Stansfield, and then an enthusiastically contested match against David Butterworth, a match that produced some fine well contested tennis, with Frank coming out winner. In the semi-final Frank met Tom for the first time in this competition and the match needed a 3rd set before Frank could be declared winner after a lot of keenly fought rallies and 3 very close sets. As a result Frank progressed to the final to meet David Miller.

    For both Frank and David this appearance in the final was their first. The match started with David taking the first 7 points to establish a sizeable lead. However, Frank then started to find the spaces and the lines and after a well fought match Frank was the winner of an excellent final, which completed the 2018 competition. Frank can be seen collecting his trophy from Tom the 2017 winner.

    This competition is one of several competitive events that the club is involved with, both internally and externally. If you would like to be part of the club and take part in this and other event please contact one of the committee members

    Frank receives his trophy from semi-finalist and chairman Tom Johnson