Winter may be drawing in, but that hasn’t stopped people flocking to Stony Stratford Tennis Club for tournaments and competitions.
On Saturday, 16 children from four clubs descended on the club to compete in an 8&U Inter Club Match.
Teams from Halton, Riverside (Bedford), Chesham 1879 and Stony Stratford were up against each other.
There were four players in each team and they were ranked on ability by their coach from 1 to 4.
Each team got to play the other with the top ranked players coming up against each other and this was the same for the lower ranked players.
After two and a half hours and 48 matches completed, Riverside Tennis Club took the title with 20 matches won and Chesham 1879 were in a close second with 18 matches won.
John Cavill, Director of Tennis for Stony Stratford Tennis Club and Tennis Works said: “It’s been a great event and something that all the players have really enjoyed.
“As tennis is an individual sport, it’s nice to bring a team element to it, especially for the younger players.
“The Junior Committee at Stony Stratford Tennis Club have been working hard to organise fixtures against lots of clubs at all ages and abilities and this is another successful result of their efforts.”
A week earlier, the club hosted the Tennis Works LTA Grade 5 Mini Tennis Tournament for those aged 8&U and 9&U. Again, the Tennis Leaders were called into action as they assisted John Cavill who refereed the competition with 25 children involved.
In the 9&U event there were 11 players of which were split into two groups. After everyone had played each other, the top two from each group qualified to the semi-finals. Krishanu Thakore from Stony Stratford came up against Ethan Taank of Halton in the first semi-final, which was a toughly fought battle that Ethan triumphed, 7-4, 7-4.
In the other half of the draw, Newport Pagnell’s Beck Nally was victorious against Stony Stratford’s Milo Vieceli-Mellor 8-6, 7-0.
In the final it was a very close encounter as Beck went 4-1 up in the first set but Ethan managed to stay calm and consistent as he pulled the score back level to 5-5.
After that, the players stayed head to head until Ethan made the break to win the first set 13-11.
In the second set Ethan took the lead but Beck managed to claw it back although it wasn’t quite early enough as Ethan closed the set out by winning it 7-5 and took the 9&U title.
In the 8&U tournament, 14 players competed in 3 groups with the top player from each group being promoted to the final stages.
After all the group matches had been played, Tom Matcham from SL Tennis played Hayden Feakin from Stony Stratford to decide who made it to the final.
Tom, who won the Grade 4 event Tennis Works ran in the summer, showed his experience and skill to win 10-0 but Hayden put up a good fight in his first Grade 5 tournament experience.
The final was between two deserved players and was always going to be a spectacle of a match as Tom came up against 6 year old Ashton Taank from Halton.
There were some tremendous rallies and use of the court as each player tried to out-position their opponent.
In the end, Tom managed to create a lead and finish the match off 10-5 to win the title.