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Finals day at Clevedon

PUBLISHED: 12:36 12 September 2012

Clevedon Tennis Club held their club championship finals, the culmination of two months of matches.

CLEVEDON Tennis Club held their club championship finals, the culmination of two months of matches.

The day got underway with the men’s singles final between Alex Allen and Mike Dale. The score throughout was close, but in the end Allen’s youth won over Dale’s experience in a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

The ladies’ singles final saw Alex’s 14-year-old sister Stephanie triumph over her opponent Julia Crofts in a brilliant display of consistency and tenacious shot selection. Stephanie barely dropped a point and despite Croft’s valiant efforts, she refused to let Julia take even one game resulting in a 6-0, 6-0 victory.

After lunch it was time for the doubles finals, beginning with the men’s’ doubles. The pairings of James Bassett and Alex Allen versus the club’s director of coaching, Greg Spink and club coach Sid Falconer was expected to be close.

The players did not disappoint and offered up three exciting sets. Greg and Sid served and volleyed their way into the lead with a spectacular score of 6-2 in the first set. Bassett and Allen secured the second 6-2 and the final set was very tight.

Greg and Sid edged ahead only for Bassett and Allen to come back and at six games all, the match went to a tie break. The tension was palpable right to the end, but it was Bassett and Allen who came out on top to win the tie-break 7-5.

The familiar pairing of Josie Vickers and Kat Rolfe was pitted against Stephanie Allen and Becca Ewing in the ladies’ event. Both pairs played extremely well with Allen in particular again showing superb form.

Vickers and Rolfe’s experience shone through and despite some hard fought rallies and exceptional quality tennis displayed by Allen and Ewing, it was to be the more experienced pairing that took the title in two sets.

The day was rounded off with the mixed doubles final. James Bassett and Josie Vickers were on court again to take on Mike Dale and Kat Rolfe.

Dale and Rolfe started off strongly and looked well placed to hit their goal as they took the first set 6-3. However, Bassett with the steely support of the younger Vickers, the duo were able to storm through the second set 6-1.

The third set did not fail to thrill as both pairs pulled out some of their finest court performances to date, but it was Bassett and Vickers who edged ahead and managed to keep on top of their rivals to take the set 6-2.

The day ended with president Margaret Dyer presenting the awards to the winners. The championships also included a number of other categories, the finals of which will be played during the week.

New for 2012 was the men’s vintage doubles which required that entrants be at least 60 years young. The final, which was won in three sets by Dave Pratt and Roy Gazzard, who beat Norman Thompson and Tim Nalder.

As part of his prize, Roy received a new pair of crisp white tennis shorts, thought to be only the second pair he has even owned in the history of his playing career!

Clevedon Lawn Tennis Club offers tennis membership to all ages and standards of play and has an extensive junior and adult coaching programme. If you are interested in finding out more about the club, please view the club’s website: www.clevedonltc.co.uk or e-mail@ clevedonltc@btinternet.com

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