It’s Murray-mania in Stony Stratford!

Joy at Stony Stratford Tennis Club
Joy at Stony Stratford Tennis Club

Andy Murray wasn’t the only one celebrating victory on Sunday as Stony Stratford Tennis Club held a tournament of their own.

The Annual Generations Tournament brings together junior and senior players in a doubles competition.

This is the fourth year that the event has been held prior to the Men’s Wimbledon final and each year it has proved to be a big hit - as was the celebration when Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic to become Britain’s first winner in 77 years.

With the youngest competitor being just four years old through to retired veterans, the true social spirit of tennis being a game for all ages and abilities was on show.

There were three divisions based on the ability and in Division C which was played on mini tennis courts saw the pairing of Julie Williams and granddaughter Anna Cooke take the gold medals with four-year-old Joe and father Mike Mumford coming second.

In Division B it was an Uncle and Nephew duo that took the honours as Chris Cooke and eight-year-old Louis Cooke won all their matches.

Runners-up were 10-year-old Jake and father Richard Patterson who came very close in the final.

In Division A there were some terrific matches with some of the higher level juniors really turning it on!

Eventual victors were 13-year-old Jonny Reed and father Rob who overcame 12-year-old Josh Stapleton and adult club member BBQ chef for the day, Phil Marsh.

Stony Stratford Tennis Club and Tennis Works Director of Tennis, John Cavill, was running the tournament.

He said: “It’s been an amazing day for everyone involved and with Murray winning the final is the icing on the cake.

“Coaches and club committees work endlessly all year round to get people playing the game and to provide them with great facilities.

“Today shows how much fun tennis is at all levels with players from four-years-old on their local courts to professional athletes like Andy Murray on the Centre court of Wimbledon.

“It truly is a wonderful sport and I’d encourage everyone to give it a go whether you’re aspiring to be the next Andy or to have some good social fun.”

Murray’s historic victory at Wimbledon has sent tennis to the centre of the media spotlight with even more people wanting to take up the sport.

And this week the club has already received a large number of calls from people around Milton Keynes wanting to join the club.

Furthermore, Tennis Works who run the coaching programme at the club are offering a free trial session for anyone to give it a go.

To find out more, visit www.ssltc.co.uk.