The first tennis competition of 2017 saw the start of the D&G Mini Red Tour.
The tour was created for children 8 years and under to play tennis on red size courts which is the equivalent of a badminton size court with the excellent Babolat sponge balls. Players will accumulate points for each event they play in with medals being awarded for the winners, runners-up, third place and consolation winners at each event with the overall point’s winner receiving at trophy at the end.
Children from Seaforth Tennis Club in Annan, Beechgrove Tennis Club in Moffat, Dumfries Tennis Club and Langholm Tennis Club took part in the first of the 3 events which will run during January, February and March.
This year’s event at the Loreburn Hall started as a mixed competition due to only having 2 girls entered but the leaderboard would still have a boys and girls tables with 16 kids entered. In the Dumfries event there were some returning faces from last year and some new kids starting their tennis journey. Last year’s Dumfries winner Euan Sharp (DTC) was back to defend his title with Daniel McKenna (STC) as favourite for the leaderboard title event having come Third in last year’s Leaderboard event. After the round robin stages we had Euan Sharp (DTC), Erin McCluskey (DTC), Cameron Hunter (DTC), Daniel McKenna (STC), Devon Jones (STC), Oliver McKnight (BTC), Harry Brown (BTC) and newcomer Ethan Dunmore for Langholm Tennis Club making up the eight. After some excellent tennis the quarter finals results were, Cameron v Erin 10-7, Oliver v Devon 10-8, Daniel v Harry 10-6, Euan v Ethan 10-5. In the consolation quarters Beth Bailie (BTC) v James Wilson (BTC) 12-10, Logan McCluskey (DTC) v Alistair Mitchell (STC) 10-3, Mohamed Ali (DTC) v Joss Wright (STC) 10-5 and finally Finlay Walton (BTC) v Rhys Edwards (DTC) 10-1.
In the consolation event, Logan v Beth 10-4, Finlay v Mohamed 10-6 and in the final Finlay edge past Logan 10-3, in the main event we had two tight semi-finals, Oliver v Cameron 10-8, Euan v Daniel 10-8. In the final we had a surprised winner but very much deserved for all his efforts over the past 12 month Oliver v Euan 10-5 and in the Third place play-off Daniel v Cameron 10-5.
This leaves Oliver top of the leaderboard after the first even with Euan second and Daniel Third. In the girls event Erin sits top with Beth in Second. The next event is in Annan on Saturday 18th February, any child wanting to enter should contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org
|1||Oliver||McKnight||Beechgrove Tennis Club||Winner||100|
|2||Euan||Sharp||Dumfries Tennis Club||Runner-up||75|
|3||Daniel||Mckenna||Seaforth Tennis Club||3rd place||65|
|4||Cameron||Hunter||Dumfries Tennis Club||4th place||55|
|1||Erin||McCluskey||Dumfries Tennis Club||Winner||100|
|2||Beth||Baikie||Beechgrove Tennis Club||Runner-up||75|