Charity Tournament 2018
Sunday 8th July
The 2018 charity tournament was held in memory of one of our young players who tragically passed away earlier in the year. Aged just 18, she was a wonderful athlete and a well-liked team player whom everyone enjoyed partnering. She had been a member of the club from a young age and her tennis was stylish and effective. To honour her memory, friends and family turned up on a blisteringly hot day to watch 16 members battle it out in aid of the chosen charities, ‘Mind’ and ‘Little Princess Trust’.
With 16 players, which fortunately were split down the middle as far as gender was concerned, the tournament organiser, Dave Smith could create two groups of four pairs. Due to the extreme heat it was decided each pair would play just eight games against the other three pairs in their group such that everyone would play 24 games. As this was an American tournament the ladies switched partners after four games and players kept a tally of their individual scores. Given the weather conditions the organiser ensured plenty of water was consumed and contestants were allowed a break before each round was played.
At the end of the 24 games there were clear winners in group one, Bianca Walker and Charles Freeman. Whilst in group two the winners were Julia Herbke and Nick Flook. The rest of the competitors and spectators then settled down to a wonderful afternoon tea supplied by several members of the club in order to watch a thrilling final.
The format of the final was the same as that used for the preliminary rounds with Bianca and Charles starting off together against Nick and Julia but then after four games the ladies swapped partners. By the time six games had been played Charles and Bianca had won five each and so were declared the winners and were presented with a bottle of wine each as their prize.
A magnificent total of £300 was raised which was split equally between ‘Mind’ and the ‘Little Princess Trust’.