…sponsored by The Dedanists’ Foundation
Once again Seacourt were happy hosts to the National U18 Handicap Singles Competition last weekend. A record total of 30 juniors entered from many clubs across the country. This included 11 entries from Wellington, an amazing achievement for a club that has only existed for a few months.
The “B” competition on Saturday was for entrants with higher handicaps, and for the first time there were more girls than boys in this event which augurs well for the future of ladies tennis. This busy day, featuring great play and great sportsmanship across the board whittled down to an all-girl final between Marina Eastwood (Wellington) and Jess Medlow (Seacourt). In a quality match between two very promising youngsters, Jess made the most of her home court advantage and speed around the court to emerge victorious, 6/1.
Sunday the “A” event for those with lower handicaps, witnessed outstanding tennis with many close matches as you would expect in a handicap event. In the first semi-final Elliot Cotton (Seacourt) had the narrowest of victories over Monty Dix (Petworth). This really could have gone either way with Elliot winning 6/5 to take his place in the final. The second semi was between Hugo Pennant (Wellington) & Freddie Bristowe (Wellington). Freddie who recently won the Jim Dear Cup in Rackets had to give a huge handicap to his opponent but still put up a great fight. Hugo eventually going through to the final with a 6/4 win.
The final saw the first 8 games shared equally with many memorable exchanges. From this point though Elliot powered his way to the title with crisp hitting and great retrieving, 8/4.
Thanks to the T&RA and The Dedanists’ Foundation who were sponsoring this event for the first time as part of the valuable work they do to promote junior tennis in the UK. Also to Tournament Organiser Paul Weaver for his tireless toil as National Junior Director of Real Tennis.