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A smash hit

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:05 05 July 2010

A real treat was served up in Lowestoft as an annual junior tennis tournament provided a stunning smash.

The 56th Lowestoft & East Suffolk Junior Tennis Tournament took place last week (August 11 - 15) with over 70 competitors descending on Normanston Park.

A real treat was served up in Lowestoft as an annual junior tennis tournament provided a stunning smash.

The 56th Lowestoft & East Suffolk Junior Tennis Tournament took place last week (August 11 - 15) with over 70 competitors descending on Normanston Park.

With the resurfacing of the six all-weather courts having been completed in March, spectators enjoyed a full schedule of matches throughout the week, with some exceptional tennis being played.

Finals day last Friday was greeted with early morning sunshine that continued throughout the day, which proved to be the hottest day in more ways than one. Several long and very closely fought finals were the order of the day.

The Ken Strong Cup - the local mixed doubles for Waveney residents, where partners are drawn for the event - was keenly fought.

And in a very long match between Georgia Cooper (Beccles) and Jordan Smith and Bethany Perkin and Jonathon Block (both of Lowestoft), with the latter finally winning 6-4, 7-6.

Next year will see the 40th anniversary of the Ken Strong Cup, which was first presented in 1969.

Tournament founder Ken Strong, who once again, was on hand throughout the week to give his invaluable support, presented the Ken Strong Cup and event prizes with Waveney District Councillor Wendy Mawer

Cllr Mawer, delegated portfolio holder for regeneration, said: ”At a time when all we seem to hear about young people is negative, it's really great to be able to experience the reality of Waveney's youth enjoying themselves and being an example to all - getting out to play sport and having a thoroughly good time whilst doing it!”

It was difficult to single out just one player for the Goff Moore Cup for Sportsmanship. However, Ian Moore (son of Goff Moore) was delighted to present this special award to Robert Hall from Hopton.

Waveney District Council is most grateful to Mitchells Garage (Lowestoft) Limited for their sponsorship of the tournament and also to John Easter Trophies for their support with the winners' and runners-up prizes. The smooth running of the tournament, almost without interruption from the weather, was thanks to tournament referee, Simon Jordan, with support from Ken Strong and Sophie Moore. Thanks also go to the Parks Team (in particular Jim Brock, as well as Paul Chivers and Stuart Thrower at Normanston Park) for all their help and support leading up to and during the tournament week.

Tournament organiser, Jane Lewis from the council's Sports & Leisure Development Team said: “We have seen some exciting and entertaining tennis this week and once again, I am really pleased to see so much support from the players' families and friends. “It's such an enjoyable and friendly tournament - open to all levels.

“We wish to encourage greater participation in tennis in the Waveney area and would like to see our tournament continue to grow,” she added. “I therefore very much look forward to yet another highly successful tournament next year with even more competitors.”

For more information about tennis in Waveney or any other sports, including disability sport, please contact Jane Lewis or Claire Henwood on 01502 523635/523010 or e-mail sports.development@waveney.gov.uk.


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