President’s Tournament 2017
Monday 28th August
The tournament moved back once more to its traditional August Bank Holiday Monday slot, (it was moved last year due to the shortage of courts during the club’s scheduled resurfacing of the courts), and what a beautiful day it turned out to be.
There were blue skies, glorious sunshine and hardly any wind. After some recent wet weather everyone was very pleased with the conditions. Although with temperatures rising to over 25 degrees the players had to keep well hydrated and ensure the sun cream was liberally applied. Although Bank Holiday Monday is a busy time it was good to see sixteen players turn up to compete in this annual event.
The format of the President’s tournament is for mixed pairs to be drawn and to keep your same partner throughout the competition. The split this year was almost correct with only one female player having to be designated a male for the afternoon. Tournament organiser Dave Smith had the unenviable task of selecting a lady to ‘wear the trousers’ for the day. Bianca Walker kindly agreed to accept the role
With eight pairs the players were split into two groups of four pairs with each pair playing the other three pairs in their respective groups. Given the temperature it was decided to play just ten games against each pair such that in the end, each pair played 30 games. Each pair kept a score of overall games won and at the end of the 30 games the winners of group one played the winners of group two in the final.
Group one was very close and it was only as a result of a strong finish in their last set of games that Sarah Thompson and Alexis Alexander won through to the final. Group two produced clear winners in the shape of Christine Cooke and Colin Johnson.
So while the rest of the players settled down to a splendid afternoon tea supplied by Sheena Darke and Sue Jones, the two winning pairs from each group played a straight set for the final.
Given their form in the group stage Christine and Colin were clear favourites to win the tournament and so it proved to be. Despite a great effort by Sarah and Alexis, Christine and Colin proved to be too strong and won the set 6-1. By winning Colin retained the title he had won in 2016 albeit with a different partner. All that was left was for the Club Chairman, Dave Smith, to present the prizes to the winners and to thank everyone for coming.