The main club championships, U21’s and veterans tournaments, collectively forming our Summer Tournament, are run from April to July with the finals being held over the weekend subsequent to the Wimbledon finals weekend.
A junior tournament with an array of events for all ages and standards up to U16’s is also run at this time but with the finals being played on the Saturday proceeding the Wimbledon finals weekend.
From November we hold our Winter and Handicap Tournaments with the finals being played over a weekend in March. The Handicap Tournament is particularly popular as the handicap system means everyone that enters has a chance of winning. It is a doubles event, but unlike other events, you do not need a partner as your partner will be drawn for you from the list of entrants.
Please keep an eye out for the entry sheets, which will be found on the notice board in the club house over the weeks/months prior to the tournament commencing.
Good luck to all that enter!
Any queries please contact Ken Thompson or Andy Bickell
2018 Summer Finals
Saturday 21st July
10.00am Red Singles – Molly S vs Oliver A
10.30am Orange Singles – Liam M bt Harry H 10-6 10-4
11.00am Green Singles – Liam M bt Ben M 4-1 4-1
12.00pm Boys Doubles –Luke B/Hayden M bt Dan R/Ben B 6-2 6-4
1.00pm Green Doubles –Liam M/Harry H bt Ben M/Tom C 3-5 4-1 10-6
2.00pm Boys Singles – Hayden M bt Dan R 5-7 6-4 10-8
3.00pm Men’s Vets Doubles –Ken H/Eric S bt Brian K/Colin B 6-2 6-1
4.30pm Men’s U21 Singles - Dan V bt Jack F 6-3 6-3
12.00pm Girls Doubles– Grace B/Ellie M bt Abby K/Isabelle P 7-6 4-6 10-7
1.00pm Mixed Vets Doubles – Linda K/Eric S bt Val B/Kevin D 6-1 6-0
2.30pm Junior Mixed Doubles – Ellie M/Luke B bt Abby K/Ben B 6-1 6-3
3.30pm Girls Singles – Abby K bt Grace B 6-0 6-3
Sunday 22nd July
12pm Ladies Singles - Madeline De’Cort bt Kate Bennett 6-3 6-1
1.30pm Men’s Doubles - Adam Paterson/Kyle MacDonald bt Dan Vowles/Jack Freeman 6-2 6-4
3.00pm Ladies Doubles - Kate Bennett/Abby Keene bt Maria Baker/Janice Cowell 5-2 (MB/JC retired)
4.30pm Men’s Singles - Adam Paterson bt Gary McDonald 6-2 6-4
6.00pm Mixed Doubles - Dan Vowles/Madeline De’Cort bt Adam Paterson/Abby Keene 6-3 3-6 10-3
2017 SUMMER FINALS REPORT
Thank you to everyone that turned up to support and watch this year’s summers finals. There were some excellent matches on offer over the two days and congratulations go to all finalists, particularly the winners, for making it such an enjoyable and successful weekend. The results were as follows:
Ladies Vets’ Doubles
Winners: Caroline Cole and Linda Keech
Runners-Up: France Meldrum and Jane Imray
Score: 6 – 3, 6 – 2
Umpire: Ken Thompson
Mixed Vets’ Doubles
Winners: Jane Imray and Eric Skinner
Runners-Up: Caroline Cole and Paul Reeve
Score: 6 – 4, 6 – 4
Umpire: Paul Skinner
U21 Men’s Singles
Winner: Dan Vowles
Runners-Up: Jack Freeman
Score: 6 – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 5
Umpire: Sam Ashkuri
Men’s Vets Doubles
Winners: Eric Skinner and Rick Stokes
Runners-Up: Kevin De’Cort and Ken Holmes
Score: 7 – 5, 6 – 1
Umpire: Roy Bickell
Junior Singles and Doubles Exhibition Matches
Thanks to Charlie Kauders, Jamie Lord, Daniel Reynolds, Madeline De'Cort and the coaching team for a great exhibition of tennis by the juniors. Seeing the youngsters establishing themselves in the senior inter club tennis will be a major part of the clubs future success.
Winner: Madeline De’Cort
Runner-Up: Kate Bennett
Score: 6 – 4, 6 – 4
Umpire: Paul Skinner
Winner: Adam Paterson
Runner-Up: Kyle MacDonald
Score: 6 – 2, 6 – 2
Umpire: Andrew Bickell
Winners: Kate Bennett and Sophie Scanlon
Runners-Up: Madeline De’Cort and Jane Imray
Score: 7 – 5, 6 – 4
Umpire: Trevor Paterson
Winners: Adam Paterson and Kyle MacDonald
Runners-Up: Andrew Bickell and Gary McDonald
Score: 6 – 3, 6 – 1
Umpire: Kevin De’Cort
Winners: Adam Paterson and Nyah Kauders
Runners-Up: Madeline De’Cort and Dan Vowles
Score: 6 – 4, 6 – 0
Umpire: Sam Ashkuri
Jackie’s plate for the most improved junior was awarded to Charlie Kauders and the Mauklin Cup for the best improved U21 was awarded to Dan Vowles both for his development as a player and a coach.
The Tournament Committee
(Andrew Bickell, Ken Thompson and Paul Skinner)
2017 WINTER FINALS REPORT
The 2017 Winter Finals was another great day of tennis at HLTC. A good crowd had arrived when the matches started despite the promise of rain.
The first match on court 1 was the men’s Winter Singles. Young Dan Vowles took on the club captain Andy Bickell. Dan seemed nervous at the start and Andy looked quite relaxed. Andy soon took the lead and held it throughout the match to win 6 – 1, 6 – 2 under the officiation of club coach Adam Paterson. I expect Dan will push Andy a lot harder the next time they meet. I wonder who does the summer draw?
At the same time on court 3 the mixed handicap got under way. Paul Herring and Jane Imray (-1/2 15) took on Keith Vowles and Kate Bennett (0). The close handicap proved very accurate eventually. In the first game Kate and Keith broke Paul’s serve to go 1 – 0 up but then Paul and Jane settled down and rapidly got to 5 – 2 up. The first set was going to be over in record time. Oh no it wasn’t! Keith and Kate battled back to 5 – 5 and then two holds of serve took us to the tie break. The tie break got to 5 – 5 then, 6 – 5 to Kate and Keith before Paul and Jane took three points to win it 8 – 6. Well that was the first set over!
The second set was a complete reversal, nearly! Kate and Keith powered to a 5 – 2 lead then Paul and Jane fought back to force the tie break. Kate and Keith again got to set point a 6 – 5 but again Paul and Jane took three points to win 8 – 6.
A great game watched primarily by Ken Thompson in the chair, who thoroughly enjoyed it and went to bed saying "deuce, advantage Jane, deuce, ….”. Final score: 7 -6 (8 – 6) 7 – 6 (8 – 6) to Paul and Jane.
Once Kate had finished on court three she was in action on court one in the ladies doubles. Kate Bennett and Michelle McKinnon versus Maddy De’cort and Jemma Maskell. The experience of Michelle and Kate kept the youngsters on the back foot but the score of 6 – 1, 6 – 0 did not do reflect the quality of Maddy and Jemma’s play. Final Score: 6 – 1, 6 – 0 to Michelle and Kate.
Meanwhile on court three, father and son, Keith and Dan Vowles (- 15) took on Paul Skinner and Graham Herbert (-1/2 15). Despite the slightly heavier handicap Keith and Dan quickly got to a 4 – 0 lead before Paul and Graham got off the mark but then each player held serve for Keith and Dan to take the set 6 – 2. The second set was very similar. Keith and Dan got to 3 – 0 then 5 – 1 before Paul and Graham fought back to 5 – 3. However Paul was broken in the final game to lose the set. Final score: 6 – 2, 6 – 3 to Keith and Dan.
The next game on court one was the Men’s Doubles. Andy Bickell and Kevin Eley versus Adam Paterson and Kyle MacDonald, umpired by Trevor Paterson. With the only real rain of the day having little effect on play, this was a game of experience versus youth. The youth had the edge on power which gave them control of most points. Kevin was broken in the first game then service was held until 5 – 3 to Adam and Kyle. Kevin served to stay in the set but Adam and Kyle gave them little hope and they won the set 6 – 3. Adam and Kyle increased their dominance in the second set with Andy and Kevin only holding serve once each. Adam and Kyle took the set comfortably at 6 – 2. Final score: 6 – 3, 6 – 2 to Adam and Kyle.
The last game of the day was the mixed doubles. Andy Bickell and Kate Bennett versus Adam Paterson and Michelle McKinnon with Paul Skinner in the chair. With both Kate and Andy having played three matches the power and control of Adam and Michelle was too much. Initially Andy held his serve but then the set slipped away 6 – 1. Andy managed to hold his serve twice in the second set but it was not enough to prevent them losing it 6 – 2. Final score: 6 – 1, 6 – 2 to Michelle and Adam.
Thanks to the bar staff, the tea staff, the umpires, the players and all the spectators for another great days tennis. See you at the summer finals if not before.
On behalf of the tournament committee,