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Entries down - but Lowestoft & District Tennis Championships were still a success

PUBLISHED: 08:53 07 June 2019

Lowestoft Tennis Championships. The mixed doubles winners. Pictures: Lowestoft Town Tennis Club

Lowestoft Tennis Championships. The mixed doubles winners. Pictures: Lowestoft Town Tennis Club

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The Lowestoft and District Tennis championships took place at the Denes Oval over a period of a week, culminating in a glorious sunny day for the finals.

Lowestoft Tennis Championships. The Open ladies doubles winners. Pictures: Lowestoft Town Tennis ClubLowestoft Tennis Championships. The Open ladies doubles winners. Pictures: Lowestoft Town Tennis Club

Entries were down, with some clubs providing no entries and most clubs only a scattering of players, so it was down to Lowestoft Town Tennis Club to field more than 80 per cent of the entries.

The organising committee will be following up with a questionnaire to establish what needs to change to gain more entries in 2020.

Despite this the tournament was a great success, with a high standard of play.

A special award was presented to Sheila Brabben, recently returning to tennis after a knee replacement, in recognition of her work in organising and providing players and spectators with a constant supply of hot and cold drinks.

Lowestoft Tennis Championships. The open mens singles winner in action. Pictures: Lowestoft Town Tennis ClubLowestoft Tennis Championships. The open mens singles winner in action. Pictures: Lowestoft Town Tennis Club

The Men's Open singles saw James Brabben take his fourth title with a powerful display of tennis seeing him beat Racket Sport Academy coach Ben Thompson 6-1 6-2.

The Ladies' Open was won by Lucy Brabben who took her third title with a strong display of ground strokes against a spirited fellow club member Desi Reed, winning 6-1 6-0.

The Ladies' Open doubles was won by Carol Websdale and Desi Reed who had a marathon match against fellow club members and last year's winners Sally Juler and Lucy Brabben, winning 2-6 7-5 10-7.

The Men's Open doubles between James Brabben and Ben Hall and Stuart Brabben and Andy Podd was postponed due to injury and will be rescheduled.

Action from the Lowestoft Tennis Championships. The open ladies winner in action. Pictures: Lowestoft Town Tennis ClubAction from the Lowestoft Tennis Championships. The open ladies winner in action. Pictures: Lowestoft Town Tennis Club

The Mixed Open doubles was won by brother and sister James and Lucy Brabben with a 6-1 6-2 win over Noel Stapley and Lucy Foster while the ladies' event was won by Desi Reed and Carol Websdale who beat Kate Smith and Tess Blower 6-1 6-3.

The Restricted Men's Doubles was another Lowestoft Town duel won by Mike Kirk and Mike Power 5-7 6-2 10-6 against Richard Brabben and Andrew Turner while the mixed doubles was won by Noel Stapley and Lucy Foster 6-4 6-4 against Richard Brabben and Carol Websdale.

Other results:

45+ men's singles: Noel Stapley beat Trevor Bailey 5-7 6-2 11-9.

45+ ladies' singles: Kate Smith beat Tess Blower 6-2 6-0.

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50+ ladies doubles: Desi Reed and Carol Websdale beat Christine Turner and Belinda Podd 6-4 6-3.

50+ men's doubles: Peter Aldous and Trevor Bailey beat Richard Brabben and Mike Power 7-6 6-4.

50+ Mixed doubles: Andy and Belinda Podd beat Andrew and Christine Turner 6-4 6-7 10-5.

Thanks are due to the tournament's main sponsor Ange and Co Estate Agents and to M.R. King for their support.

All trophies will be presented at the league's dinner and dance, featuring Georgia Falls, at Ivy Farm, on Sunday, July 21. Tickets are available from sally.lambert3@btinternet.com

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