Although the weather was a little challenging on Sunday for Byfleet Final’s day, all the adult matches scheduled were completed, as well as the mini-tennis tournament and most of the 12U and 16U matches. The majority were played outside in difficult conditions, but in good spirit, with only 3 matches played indoors.
Over 90 players took part in the tournament, with many playing 3 events. The tournament takes place from April to September with events for all ages and abilities. A new event, the mixed 100, was trialled this year with the total age of both players having to be 100 or over. It proved to be very popular with 24 players in the draw. Next year we are hoping to play a ‘Blind Date’ event.
Despite the conditions, there was nothing that was going to stop the competitiveness of the players, with many of the matches going to 3 sets. The high standard of play was notable from juniors to adults and a delight to watch.
The men’s singles and doubles featured 4 of the top junior’s in the club with Alexandru Runcianu defeating Ed Harper-Jones in the singles. Alex and Ed then teamed up for the doubles but were beaten by younger pair Sota Katano and Finn Doyle.
The main ladies’ events have had to be played on an alternative date as the ladies A team were playing in the final of the Surrey A Knockout. However, ‘A’ team player Anna Craigen played her third match of the day by taking on Mark Winton and Chrissie Runnicles with her partner coach Ben Nicholson in the Mixed Open event.
Ben had already done a fantastic job running the mini tennis events in the morning, and still had enough energy to take on the mixed in the afternoon. After a great match and three hard fought sets, Mark and Chrissie won. Did tiredness play some part in the result? We’ll have to wait till next year for a return match.
As well as fantastic tennis from the Open events, the over 50’s and consolation matches were fought fiercely by all. There were a number of three set matches in the Men’s and Ladies 50’s singles, the men’s’ singles consolation, men’s 50’s singles consolation and mixed doubles consolation. The matches may be termed consolation but we saw some fantastic tennis, showing the strength and depth at Byfleet tennis club.