On Sunday 6th October, Stamford Tennis Club held a junior tournament open to all members aged 10 and over. Despite the relatively short notice that they were going ahead, 9 players entered. The day itself was lovely: dry, sunny and, somewhat remarkably for early October, hot.
The tournament was run as a compass draw with everyone either going right into the main draw or left into the consolation draw after their first match. This meant that every player got at least two matches and most got three. Rui Queiros managed four! Matches were best of three short sets to 4 games with a match tie-break decider in the event of it being 1 set all after two sets.
Seeded one and two respectively the two Williams,William Cutforth and William Barker, made their way through to the Main Draw final with relative ease although William Barker’s match against Jonathan Alexander was a good match up, William taking it 4-0, 4-2. In the final William Barker showed why he is in the Lincs Mini Green squad demonstrating some lovely play from both technical and tactical aspects that William Cutforth couldn’t quite compete with on the day. William Cutforth to his credit kept battling to the end, more to come from him surely.
There was lots of good tennis on display and it was pleasing to see 3 girls taking part. There were several candidates for Match of the Day and Amber Anderson seemed to be involved in most of them. In the Main Draw Quarter Final Jonathan Alexander had a super result, beating Amber 5-3, 4-2, before losing to ‘on form’ William Barker in the semi. In the Consolation Semi Final, Amber played against Allys Ciraldi in a very close match, Amber victorious this time, 5-3, 5-3. In the Consolation Final, Amber was again on court, this time against relative newcomer to the club Edward Gallacher. In a match that lasted will over an hour Amber eventually emerged the victor in three sets, losing the first 2-4, before going on to take the second in a tie break 5-4. At one set all they then played a Match Tie-break to decide the result. After a long tussle Amber took the match by closing out the tie break 13-11. Edward and Amber pictured below.
Stamford’s Head Coach, Carole Wilson, said afterwards ‘It was great to see the players enjoying good matches played the right way, competitive, friendly and fairly. We are lucky to have such a good squad of juniors at the club. It is a pleasure to work with them and to see them improve and develop both as players and people. Tennis can be a tough sport, as much about handling defeat as victory. I was delighted with the way the players managed themselves today, win or lose.’