Today, we saw the final round of games for the D&G Mini Red Tour 2022, which is now in its 7th year.
We had a smaller girls event this year with only 4 today and 5 overall for the leader board. Defending champions and aiming to be the first ever player, boy or girls, to win back-to-back D&G Mini Tours was Emily Warren. Emily won the November event and was the current Dumfries Tennis Club 8s and under champion. Emily was up against 3 Dumfries Club players who were looking forward to the challenge. Ella Zaremba, Olivia Gordon and Esme Rogerson. The young trio played well but Emily’s experience was just too much on the day as she gained 3 wins out of 3 to take the title on the day and overall Leaderboard. The 3 girls battled it out for 2nd on the day and runner-up on the leaderboard. There was not a lot in it, as Ella bt Esme, Esme bt Olivia and yes you guested it, Olivia bt Ella which left Esme as runner-up on games percentage.
Well done to all our young ladies and we look forward to seeing them all for years to come.
In the boy’s event we welcomed 9 players. We had 6 Dumfries boys with Samuel Zaoral, Cameron Hodge, Ethan Lees, Ethan West, Blair Dalzell and Louis Darrant. They were joined by Layton McGimpsey from Dalbeattie TC, Calum Grant from Gretna/Canonbie and from Giffnock Tennis Club in Glasgow we had James Crowther.
The round robin groups saw James top his group with Cameron going through as runner up. In the other group Layton McGimpsey top his group with Sam as runner up.
The consolation side saw wins for Ethan L bt Ethan W, Calum bt Louis, Ethan L bt Blair with Calum winning the consolation final 10-3.
In the main draw semi-final Cameron edge a tight one against Layton 10-8 with James beating Samuel 10-5. Samuel took the 3rd place win against Layton. The final was a repeat of the group match as Cameron took the first point before James took control and rattled of the next 4. Cameron battled well to get to 6-4 but James played a well-controlled match to run out a 10-4 win.
Some brilliant rallies from several players, well done to the little stars.
With Emily taking the girls leaderboard then the count began to see who would take the boys. Layton came third with a 3rd and 4th place over the 2 events, Cameron was runner-up twice but the overall winner went to Samuel Zaoral who won the first event and came 3rd today, just edging past hitting partner Cameron.
Great to see the kids playing some good tennis today.