British Open over 40’s Singles Playing for The Ward Trophy

With 10 players entering from across the country, it was good to see some familiar faces down on the south coast. First-round matches saw Nick Warner making it past Nigel Pendrigh in straight sets, next up local man Chris Snell lost to Richard Ramjane in straight sets, Chris Swan had a great match just losing out to The Hyde’s real tennis professional Jez Brodie also in straight sets.
Moving on into the afternoon on Saturday with the quarter-finals, first-up Patrick Lewis played exceptionally well but went out to Nick Warner and Richard Ramjane lost to Jez.

Sunday morning at 11 am number 1 seed Rob Fahey stepped on the court to take on Nick Warner in the first semi-final, both players enjoying the game, with Rob taking his place into the final winning in straight sets 6/0 6/2. The second semi-final saw the number 2 seed Adam Player take on Jez Brodie with a very close first set going to 4/4 before Adam closed it out 6/4 6/0.

The final took place at 3 pm with Rob and Adam raring to go, Adam was first out the blocks winning the first game, Rob then moved the ball around the court with his usual flare, putting Adam through his paces, this was a final played in the best spirit, Rob showing the packed gallery how to control the ball around the court and Adam showing some spectacular retrieving.
Rob Fahey won the final in true style, elegance, and finesse 6/1 6/2.
Congratulations Rob!

Thank you to Pol Roger for their continued support suppling the winner with a bottle of champagne. A huge thank you to our sponsor John Ward, not just for his generous sponsorship for this event, but his continuous support of real tennis on and off the court. A fantastic weekend of tennis, we look forward to welcoming you all down to Seacourt next year.

Drew Lyons