Tennis Club Championships Exeter

Jul 6, 2017 | Jenni Ashford

The 2017 Tennis Club Championships came to a close on Sunday with over 40 matches played to decide the winners of events ranging from 8&U singles to Veterans doubles. On the eve of Wimbledon any concerns of rain stopping play were far from anyone’s minds with glorious sunshine throughout the whole day.

The youngest age groups were the first to play with over 30 juniors taking part in the final rounds of the 8&U and 9&U tournaments.

Setting the tone for many of the finals to follow, there were some incredibly tight matches in all four events. The first champions of the day were Remy Wilson and Freddie Swannell who narrowly beat Edward Guy and Freddie Killick in the 9&U doubles final. Remy then claimed the singles title, beating George Mulgrew in a tight three set battle. The 9&U girls’ final was similarly close with Faye Dixon prevailing 8-6 against Vicky Koumiofi. The last match saw the 8&U singles final won by Edward Guy, 10-6 over Luke Fitzpatrick.

The first adult event was the Handicap doubles final. It was a family affair with John Wilton-Davies playing with his youngest son Sam against oldest son Zak and Marcus Kay. With the handicap rules all but guaranteeing an interesting match, it was Zak and Marcus who held their nerve to win the first adult title of the day, 6-4 7-5.

Continuing the family theme, the vets and mixed doubles titles were both won by husband and wife pairs. Tim and Tracey Agutter claimed mixed doubles title in the first adult event to be decided, beating Marcus Kay and Juliet Chenery 7-6(3) 2-6 6-1. Brian and Linda Carroll won the inaugural Vets competition with a 6-2 6-1 win over Maurice Salzmann and Chris Ryder.

The ladies’ singles final saw Emily Rushen defend her title, coming through a very tight first set before claiming victory over Juliet Chenery in straight sets, 7-5 6-2. The biggest crowd of the day watched the men’s singles final between Sergey Yelnik and Richard Jackson. There was plenty of attacking tennis on display in another close contest. It was the newest recruit to our men’s first team who came through, with Sergey winning 6-4 7-6(4).

After a short break Sergey and Richard then renewed competition in the men’s doubles final. In the most entertaining adult final of the day it was Sergey and Alun Evans who secured the title, winning 4-6 7-6(4) 6-4 against Richard and Tim Agutter. At the same time, the ladies’ doubles final on court 4 was equally well-contested. Emily and Juliet paired up to defend their doubles title against Amanda Goodison and Anne Bulman. The match was decided by a final set tie-break with the defending champions prevailing 6-2 2-6 7-6(5).

Special mention should go to 13-year-old Marcus Kay who spent ten hours on court playing in five finals. Having already completed the Handicap and Mixed finals, he faced Zak Wilton-Davies and Tom Slack in repeats of the 14&U and 18&U boy’s singles finals from last year. He was unable to defend both titles with Zak and Tom winning 6-2 6-2 and 6-7(4) 6-3 7-5 respectively.

Perhaps the best final of the day was the 12&U boy’s singles final. Last year’s runner-up Noah Kerley faced first seed George Guy in what proved to be a fantastic battle. The first set went into a tie-break which lasted over 20 minutes before George triumphed 12-10. With both players producing some of their best tennis it was no surprise that the second set was just as captivating. George battled back from 3-5 in the second set to win it 7-5 and claim the title.

George and Noah then teamed up to win the 12&U and 14&U boys doubles titles, beating Sam Wilton-Davies/Billy Turl and Josh Cunningham/Rio Turl 6-2 6-3 and 6-3 6-4.

Millie Agutter and Millie Dart played out a repeat of last year’s 18&U girls’ singles final. In a reverse of last year’s result, it was Millie Agutter who won the match 6-1 6-2. Millie was also involved in the 14&U girls’ singles final but unfortunately had to withdraw due to illness against Katie Russell.

The final match to finish, past 9.00pm, was the 18&U boy’s doubles final. It was fitting that the last match on court was another lengthy affair. Tom Slack paired up with James Fitzpatrick to complete the 18&U double by winning the final against Marcus Kay and Zak Wilton-Davies 6-4 5-7 6-1.

It was a fantastic day to conclude another busy Club Championships and get everyone ready for the Wimbledon fortnight. On men’s singles day (Sunday 16th July) there will be a social doubles tournament from 10.00am followed by lunch and a screening of the Wimbledon final in the Topsham Room.

Members can sign-up for the lunch and social doubles tournament at 10.00am on the tennis section noticeboard.

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