Backwell Tennis Club see members serve up thrilling action over finals weekend
PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 September 2019
Backwell Tennis Club served a wonderful finals weekend with lots of high quality action.
With over 30 finals scheduled for the two days, the weekend it a huge part of the club calendar and also in the community.
Large numbers of spectators attended to watch matches from eight & under through to the Random 60-plus as the club also ran free catering, refreshments, cakes and a barbeque.
It was agreed by many that the spotlight was stolen by the juniors this year, who showcased play of on the highest level.
From Mini Tennis to 16 & under, the performances were very high and the men's singles champion Ben Jones is a 16-year-old who trains and coaches within Backwell's programme.
Jones, a semi-finalist last year, has shown huge improvement and in an entertaining final beat defending champion Stuart Beaver 6-4 6-3.
The ladies final was a repeat of last year and had the same outcome as Ali Simpson beat Jude Barker 6-2 3-6 6-3 in a tight match lasting over two hours.
The men's doubles final was won for a third year by Beaver and Henry Hoult, who beat coach Tom Jackson and junior Joe Wild 6-2 6-4 in a high-quality match. The ladies doubles was a repeat of last year with Jude Barker and Zoe Fearnley facing Ali Simpson and Julie Wild, but it was Barker and Fearnley who won this time 6-3 6-4.
Finally, the mixed doubles champions of 2018, Beaver and Fearnley, came through a tight match andspirited challenge from Tom Jackson andSusan Bower, eventually winning 6-4 7-6.
Perhaps a fitting way to finish the 2019 finals weekend was the last match to be completed as the boys' 16 & under final was contested by men's champion Jones and upcoming junior Wild.
Both played some really fantastic tennis with Jones eventually winning 6-2 6-7 10-8 and a spokesperson said: "All those who stayed to watch agreed it was the match of the tournament and both boys should be proud, as should the club with so many juniors coming through.
"Backwell are proud to host one of the largest finals' weekends in Avon and the surrounding counties and with the club going from strength to strength long, may it continue."