The Scottish weather at it’s best with temperatures in the high teens if not creeping into the twenties on a glorious Saturday for the 12s & under boys event to then finish the weekends play on a drizzly Sunday with a breezy wind cutting through the courts of Dumfries.
Saturday saw 6 local lads playing in the first 12s event of the Red2Yellow Tour. We had five from Dumfries and one from Annan Seaforth as the boys played under the baking sun. The first couple of rounds when the way of the experienced trio of Fergus Reynolds-Lewis, Jacob Holden (Both Dumfries) and Flynn Dalgliesh from Annan as they recorded 4-0 wins against the inexperienced opponents. Then as Jacob made it 3 wins with a tough match against Peter Whitelaw then came the match of the 2 favorites, early advantage went to Flynn as he broke Fergus’s serve. The next game proved crucial as both boys traded some good rallies before Fergus leveled at 1-1. With the court temperature rising both boys traded some lengthy rallies as Fergus started to gain the upper hand and completed the win 4-1. Peter managed 2 wins again Thomas Rideout and Finn Gordon before Thomas edged past Finn 4-3. Fergus completed the day undefeated with his 5th win before Flynn and Jacob played out a great match to see who finished 2nd and 3rd. The player produce a great set of tennis which included a 24 shot rally which was amazing under the baking sun. Flynn came through to win the match 4-0 but both players walked away with big smiles after a very close match which the score didn’t do it justice.
The contrast on Sunday was amazing as the rain fell gentle onto the artificial grass courts. Three local Moffat girls played out a round robin group as Heather Keal managed 2 wins against her club mates with Catie Palmer edging out Tessa Wilson to take runners up spot. In the boys event Moffat’s Brandon Smith completed 2 wins in his group to set up a final against rising young star Archie Agnew from Carlisle. Eleven year old Archie started strongly against his older opponent and dominated throughout the match to take the gold medal with a 4-0, 4-1 victory. The 3rd and 4th play-off saw 2 Edinburgh boys play out a close match as Stephan Britton Hall bt David Fairley 4-2, 4-3. This left the battle of the brothers as 10 year old Fergus took on his older brother Finlay for the first time in a competitive match. Both boys had struggled in the round robin but Fergus who had enjoyed a good winter of tennis proved to have more appetite for the win as he took this battle this time to secure 5th place.
The next scheduled competition is a Red and Orange event at Dumfries on 6th May.