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Finals Weekend

2021

Will there be an Emma Raducanu or Andy Murray waiting in the wings at Riverside Tennis club?

Will there be an Emma Raducanu or Andy Murray waiting in the wings at Riverside Tennis club? Well there were plenty of talented juniors showing off their skills at the club tournament on 4th and 5th September. The Under 8 Mini Reds played a 6-way round robin with a tiebreak to 10 which was won by Damian Pricop. The Under 9 Mini Orange, which was best of 3 tiebreaks to 7, was won by Freddie Gumbrell who beat Alby Beebe 7-4, 7-0. The Under 10 Mini Green was won by Benjamin Massie who beat Ben Cooke 6-1, 6-0. Finally the Boys 11 and under Singles was won by Rory Young who beat Charlie Bacon 6-2, 6-3. 

In the Girls’ 18 and under Singles Hattie Bacon and Jiselle Stringer had a close match with Hattie taking the first set 7-6 in the tiebreak but Jiselle came back strongly to take the second 6-2. The match was decided by a Championship tiebreak which saw Hattie run out the winner.

The Boys’ 12 and under Singles was between Carlos Bratosin and George Chowdhury. The first set was extremely tight and went to a tiebreak in favour of George 7-4. The second set was also close with George taking it 6-4 and with it the Boys’ title. 

The Men’s Singles was another close match between the Barry brothers, Michael and Jamie. Jamie took a close first set 7-5 but Michael, the holder of the title, came back to win the second 6-2. However Jamie countered this in the third and final set by taking it 6-2 to lift the trophy. 

 

The Ladies Vets Doubles was between Jane Miller and Hilary Thomas and Pauline Donne and Melinda Simmonds. Jane and Hilary took the first set 6-4 after a confident start. Pauline and Melinda came back to take the second set 6-1, where many of the games went to long deuces, and then they also took the Championship tiebreak by 10-4 to win the match.

 

Next up was the Boys’ 18 and under Singles between Cam Simpson and Oli Martin, both of whom play in the Men’s National Club League for Riverside. This was another very hard fought match with Oli taking the first set 6-4 but Cam countering this by winning the second tight set by 7-5, however Oli came back to win the championship tiebreak by 10-5 to take the title. 

To round off Saturday afternoon’s play Michael Barry and Karina Weedon beat Jamie and Carolyn Barry 6-2, 6-1 to win the Mixed Chosen Doubles title and Steve Archer and Ken Issacs beat John Barry and William Mitchell in the Men’s Vets Doubles 6-2, 6-3, to retain their title. In the Ladies’ Drawn Doubles, which had previous qualifying rounds, Hilary Thomas and Liz White won 6-2, 6-1 against Sara Brightman and Mandy Ford.

Play started on Sunday at 11am and the club was blessed with more fine weather. The Barry brothers were on court, together this time, to play Oli Martin and Nick Stamp in the Men’s Doubles. The first set went to Oli and Nick 6-3 but
Michael and Jamie came back to win the second 6-3. The final set was taken by the Barrys 6-3 to retain their title.

Jiselle Stringer was on court again this time in the Girls’ 13 and under Singles against Amber Seabrook. Jiselle took the first set 6-2 but Amber retaliated by pushing Jiselle to take the second set 7-5. Jiselle then came back to win the
Championship tiebreak 10-2 and the title.

Jiselle Stringer was on court again this time in the Girls’ 13 and under Singles against Amber Seabrook. Jiselle took the first set 6-2 but Amber retaliated by pushing Jiselle to take the second set 7-5. Jiselle then came back to win the
Championship tiebreak 10-2 and the title.