Eales seals gold in Chichester tennis tournament

The line-up for the Chichester tennis tournament

The line-up for the Chichester tennis tournament

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Chichester Racquets & Fitness Club hosted an LTA south east junior tour 12-and-under boys’ singles tournament.

The grade-five event was the final one in a series of junior tournaments staged in the club’s dome over the winter competition season.

It was organised using the Fast4 Tennis format, each match comprising two Fast4 sets (first to four games) with a match tie-break (to ten points) for the third set if necessary.

Bill Eales won the gold medal after winning the final 4-1, 4-2 against Chichester Racquets & Fitness Club member James Pollard.

Tournament referee Peter Cook said: “Once again we were entertained to tennis of a very high calibre. It was also encouraging to see one of our own players do so well to reach the final.

“The Fast4 Tennis format has proved popular over the winter season. It has enabled us to accept larger number of entrants thanks to the shorter match times, allowing up to a 16-player draw for a one-day event.”

Once again we were entertained to tennis of a very high calibre. It was also encouraging to see one of our own players do so well to reach the final.

Peter Cook

PETWORTH

Petworth Lawn Tennis Club are holding Easter tennis camps from Thursday, April 7, to Saturday 9.

Four to seven-year-olds play at the Sheepdown Drive club from 10.30am to midday and pay £12 per day, while eight to 14s are in action from 12.15 to 4pm at a cost of £25 per day.

It’s a great way to introduce tennis to your child or improve existing skills.

To pre-book a place please contact Oliver Ormsby on 07714 293 328 or email oliver@beactiveplaytennis.co.uk

ARUNDEL

Arundel Ladies’ tennis team secured promotion to Sussex League division seven west by winning their final match and finishing second in division eight west.

With only a small group of ladies available, Arundel have played seven matches throughout the winter, both home and away, losing only one match to the eventual division winners Storrington Tennis Club.

Arundel’s players were Jacky McDowell, Sally Pickthall, Marion Denney, Cherry Williams (captain) with Susan Archer and Zoe Anderson playing some of the matches.

Cherry, the ladies’ captain, said: “I’m very proud of our small group of ladies who’ve turned out in all weathers this winter and played so well for the club.”

They’re looking for more ladies to join – if you’re interested, please contact membership secretary on 01903 368348.

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