Lowestoft and District Tennis League championships serve up a treat
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A real treat was served up as an annual event provided smashing entertainment in Lowestoft.
The Lowestoft and District Tennis League championships were keenly contested over eight days at the Denes Oval.
With a 'very high standard' of tennis on display, the tournament was hosted by Lowestoft Town Tennis Club with participants from league clubs including Lowestoft, Beccles, Bungay and Southwold all battling it out for the titles.
A spokesman said: 'League chairman Alan Reeve was the tournament referee and ensured play continued despite losing an evening to rain. The upper four courts were used for spectators to gain a great view of the lower courts and there was a good attendance each night to see the exciting matches and support the players. The open events which continue to produce a very high standard of tennis, did not let the spectators down.'
The mens singles was contested by a previous winner Ben Hall (Lowestoft) and Adam Roberts (Southwold), who had beaten the previous winner of the past two years James Brabben in a two and three quarter hour semi final. Adam emerged victorious with a 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 win.
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The ladies singles had a new winner with Lucy Brabben (Lowestoft), defeating last year's winner Lisa Bligh (Southwold), 6-1, 6-1.
The mens doubles was won for a third successive year by James Brabben and Ben Hall (Lowestoft) in an entertaining final full of great rallies against Ollie Bailey and Adam Roberts (Southwold).
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The ladies doubles was won by the new pairing of Sally Juler and Lucy Brabben (Lowestoft) who played with great consistency and power overcoming Kate Smith and Vicki Knight (Beccles) 6-0, 6-0.
The mixed doubles final will be played at a later date, between Lucy and James Brabben and Sally Juler and Stuart Brabben (Lowestoft).
The veterans events for 50-plus years continue to grow. The mens singles was won by Ashley Sonnex (Beccles) against Peter Aldous (Lowestoft) 6-3, 6-0. The ladies singles was won by Lisa Bligh (Southwold) who beat Anna Wegg (Lowestoft) 6-0, 4-6, 7-5. The ladies doubles was won by Christine Turner and Belinda Podd (Lowestoft), who defeated Angela Roy (Lowestoft) and Linda Green (Beccles). The mixed doubles was won by David Henderson and Sarah Jermy (Beccles) who defeated Stuart Brabben and Sally Juler 6-3, 6-2.
The restricted mens doubles was won by Richard Brabben and Andy Podd (Lowestoft) who defeated Philip Tye and Keith Walker 7-5, 6-2. The restricted ladies doubles was won by Lucy Brabben and Christine Turner (Lowestoft) against Desi Reed and Belinda Podd (Lowestoft) 6-0, 6-1. The mixed doubles was won by Peter Aldous and Christine Turner (Lowestoft) against Darren Poppy and Sue Kershaw (Beccles) 6-4, 6-1.
At the presentation of trophies thanks were given to Alan Reeve for all his work and organisation, to Lowestoft Town Tennis Club for hosting the event and for their committee ably led by Sally Lambert who provided refreshments throughout the week.
Sally received the special event trophy, which is awarded each year by the referee to someone who has contributed greatly to tennis and the tournament.
Sally, who was not able to play this year because of injury, contributed greatly by organising and providing refreshments including the 'Wimbledon Touch' of Pimms and Strawberries and Cream and cakes.
Thanks to the Denes Oval groundsmen for their support during the week and throughout the year and to the tournament sponsors Sentinel Leisure and M R King.