The 2019 Championship recent took place at the Beechgrove Tennis Club in Moffat in great conditions for tennis and we would like to thank Beechgrove Tennis Club for allowing us access to the courts for the 7 days, SSE Clyde (D&G) Community funding for supporting the event again this year along with Tennis Scotland and their Open Tour.
We had a another good entry of 261 with ages from 6yrs through to our vets and as usual play started bright and early with the 10s events, 12s and 8s. The first winner of the 2019 event was Kieran McGuire from Prestwick who edge a good final against Dumfries’s Jack Wearing 10-6. Dominik Czopek from Dumfries came third in another tight match against Natalia Augustynska 10-7. Natalia came first out of the girls with Maisie Murray 2nd and Stella Hodgins 3rd. Adam Hunter from Dumfries won the consolation with a 10-8 win over Dalbeatties Sam Donnelly. With Jack Docherty from Carlisle playing some good tennis in the event also. Sunshine all the way with some excellent Red ball tennis.
Monday proved a busy day also as we concluded the 10s events, the 9s and the 12s doubles. Cumbria’s Jake Irving edge a marathon match against Hamish Wyper 8-6, 6-8 & 8-6 to claim the 9s boys event with Dumfries’s Ethan Leyman edging another marathon against his Dumfries hitting partner Cameron Hunter 4-7, 7-4, 7-4. In the girls event Hanna Augustynska beat Becky MacLeod 7-1, 7-2 to claim that title with Dumfries’s Autumn Hodgins winning the consolation round robin event. Other winners on the day were Elisa Gibson who won the 10s girls, Angus Jones won the 10s boys, Freya Blundell won the 12s girls with Archie Agnew and Annan’s Danny McKenna taking the 12s boys doubles 6-3, 7-5 against Louis Kirkpatrick and Rowan Speed.
In the 12s boys event Archie Agnew came from a set down to edge the final in the champ tie-break against Jonathan Morgan 1-6, 6-4, 10-5 with Dumfries’s Fergus Reynolds Lewis taking the consolation prize against hitting partner Flynn Dalgliesh. The 14s boys went to Liam O’Brien, 16s boys to Ross Young and 18s boys Gregor Stott. The 14s girls winner was Teodora Prisadnikova and the 18s girls winner was Annemiek Sterk. The 16s Boys doubles winners Robert Cowley and Matthew Nice.
In the senior events Philip Blythe beat Gregor Stott 6-4, 6-1, open doubles went to Philip and Matthew Grieve 4-6, 6-2, 10-4 against Joshua Kean and Jamie Martin. Local favourite Sergio Meola claimed a double by winning the Men’s 8.1 to 10.2 events and the men’s handicap singles. Ellen Sloss won the Women’s 8.1 to 10.2 singles with Castle Douglas duo Liz Baines and Susan Nugent winning the 40+ doubles. In the 45+ Men’s events, local coach Colin Dunbar made an impressive debut buy beating 3 times champions Paul Boardman 6-0, 6-2 in the singles final and with doubles partner claimed the that title against Brian Litster and Fraser Patterson 3-6, 7-6(4) 10-0. With Diane Fung claiming the 40+ ladies singles to complete a great championship in a perfect week of weather.