Welcome back to some old friends! Dumfries Tennis Club played host to the D&G Senior Tennis Championships with a couple of old D&G players returning for the event. In the singles we played through a mixture of weather as the showers came and went during the matches. The first 6 matches went the way of the ratings, with Stephen White (Dalbeattie TC) bt Steven McCracken (Dumfries TC) 6-1,6-3 and Kyle Singh (Dumfries TC) bt Darren Cassidy (Dalbeattie TC) 6-3, 7-5. In the quarter finals defending champion Colin Dunbar (Chatsworth TC) edge past Stephen White 6-3, 6-4, Brian Litster (Penrith TC) bt Chad Lawson (Lochmaben TC) 6-1, 6-1, Lewis Gilmour (Dumfries TC) bt Ian Barr (Dumfries TC) 6-1, 6-3 and Richie Cunningham bt Kyle Singh in a marathon match 6-1, 2-6, 10-6. In the semi’s Lewis won a tight match against Richie 7-6, 7-5 and Colin held off Brian 6-4, 6-2. In the final both players looked well jaded but Colin used all his experience to capture his 8th title in 10 years as he completed the win 6-1, 6-1. In the consolation final Steven bt Darren 6-4, 6-2.
In the doubles on Sunday we had several tight matches in the 2 round robin groups with Brian and Fraser Patterson (Peebles TC) winning both qualifying matches against Lister McKiddie (Dumfries TC) and Chad 6-3, 6-2 and Graeme Cross & Michael Goldie (Both Dumfries TC) 6-1, 5-7 10-4. In the other group Stephen and Paul Boardman (Dalbeattie TC) edge past Colin & Lewis 7-6, 6-3 and Richie & Kyle 4-6, 6-2, 10-7.
The final saw 2 former Dalbeattie teams players and 2013 winners Brian and Fraser take on old team mates Stephen and Paul who were looking for their first D&G Doubles title. Brian who was chasing his 3rd title as he won back in 2016 with Richie Cunningham started well as he and partner Fraser took the first set 6-4 only to be pinned back as Stephen and Paul took the 2nd 6-1 and force a tie-break decider which went the way of Brian and Fraser as they held on to take it 10-7.