South of Scotland Tennis Championship

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.





Border Cups

The 2019 Border Cups were completed on the weekend of the 17th & 18th August. The singles was on Saturday and conditions proved very tricky with high winds affecting play. A smaller field than usual saw only 6 brave the winds to try and land their name on the trophy. In the 2 quarter final matches there was a routine win for Richie Cunningham over Michael Goldie 6-1-6-0 and defending champion Dan McKiddie negotiated a win over Kyle Singh 6-4, 6-3 to set up a semi-final against Paul Boardman. Dan took the first set 6-2 before Paul got going taking the 2nd set into a tie-break which Dan held on to take 7-6 (7-4) and clinch a final spot. In the other semi a returning Colin Dunbar was looking to get his name back on the trophy he last won in 2015 and he and Richie battled through the wind. Richie managed the conditions best in the first set taking it 7-6 before Colin levelled the match by taking the 2nd set 6-3. The tie-break 3rd set ebbed and flowed before Richie came out on top to take it 10-7 and set up a final with Dan.

The final proved to be a cagey affair with just the narrowest of margins seperating the players as Dan regained his title with a 7-5, 6-3 win.

The doubles on Sunday was again played in windy conditions with the threat of rain hanging over the 4 pairs. In the first semi defending champions Colin Dunbar and Johnny Short just kept Dumfries duo of Kyle Singh and Richie Cunningham at bay to record a 6-3, 6-4 win. Last years beaten finalist Dan & Lister McKiddie had to work very hard to edge past experanced Dalbeattie pair of Paul Boardman and Stevie White 7-5, 7-5. Paul and Stevie secure the 3rd spot by beating Kyle and Richie 6-3, 7-5. The final was evenly contested as it reached a tie-break which Colin and Johnny controlled to take the first set 7-6 (2). The 2nd set totally changed as the heavens open up and the rain lashed down and with that it washed away Lister and Dan’s chances and Colin and Johnny went on to take the 2nd set 6-0 and secure their 7th Borders win.

Border Cups Results 2019


Border Cups 2019

Entries are now being taken for the 2019 Border Cups event which is hosted again this year by Dumfries Tennis Club.

This years event see a slight change in the line-up with both singles events taking place on the Saturday and both doubles on the Sunday.

The dates are Saturday 17th August and Sunday 18th August.

Border Cups

Use the link below to enter.

Border Cups entry link


Tennis & Afternoon Tea in memory of Moira Kirkwood

Sunday 11th August 2019 from 11am.

Chatsworth Tennis Club are hosting an afternoon of tennis in memory of Moira Kirkwood. All tennis players & friends from Dumfries & Galloway and Cumbria are welcome to enter or just come along for a chat.

The Kirkwood family have been long time supports and players in both regions and this is sure to be another great occasion to catch up with some old friends and meet some new one.

The event is a draw for partner mixed event with a £5 entry fee. To enter either contact the Chatsworth office on 01228 514 187 or email Lynne Kirkwood at


D&G Junior Championships

Dumfries Tennis Club hosted the 2019 Dumfries and Galloway Junior Championships on Saturday 22nd June. There were 9 trophies up for grabs with 40 players taking to the courts.

The first two trophies of the day went to Dumfries Tennis Club as Eve Crombie edge a tight match 1-4, 4-0, 12-10 in the girls 14s against Isla Grieve from Annan Seaforth. In the 9s and under Orange ball event Autumn Hodgins won 3 out of 3  to claim the trophy with Grace Palmer (Beechgrove TC) coming second with Daisy Stevenson and Abigail Warren both from Dumfries taking 3rd and 4th.

D&G Junior Championship results

In the 8s and under mixed event we had 12 players from all over the region taking part with many competing for the first time. After the group stages we were left with Jack Wearing from Dumfries TC, Sam Donnelly from Dalbeattie TC, Archie Brown from Beechgrove TC and Eamon McFarlane from Stewartry CSC. Sam edged past Archie 10-3 in the first semi, whilst Jack completed a 10-4 win again Eamon who went on to win the 3rd place play off against Archie 10-6. In the final Sam went into the match eyeing a double after he had beaten Jack 11-9 in the group stages but this time Jack got some early points to settle him as he raced into a 5-2 lead which became 9-2 before completing the win 10-4 with both boys playing some great Red ball tennis.

In the 9s boys event it was as tight as can be, with 3 of the 5 boys completing 2 wins each with Logan McCluskey (Dumfries TC) edging into 2nd place by a mere point over Grant Kerr (Dumfries TC) with Dominik Czopek (Dumfries TC) coming 4th with Thomas McCleary coming 5th win no wins but taking 3 of his 4 matches to 3 tie-break matches. The winner on the day with 4 wins out of 4 was Ethan Leyman (Dumfries TC).

This left the afternoon to the yellow ball events with Eve Crombie completing the double as again she finished her 12s match again Rose Brown on a championship tie-break taking the match 4-2, 2-4, 12-10. Both girls played some great tennis in the hottest part of the day.

In the 10s and under boys event we had 3 players taking part with Harry Brown from Beechgrove TC taking the titles with 2 wins against Oliver Bryant (Dumfries TC) 4-1 and Clark Bryson (Dalbeattie TC) 4-0, with Oliver taking 2nd.

In the boys 16s event Adam Maxwell (Dalbeattie TC) continued on from last years success in the 14s event as he beat Fergus Cubbon (Dumfries TC) 4-2, 4-0 and Stewart Laye (Stewartry CSC) 4-0, 4-1 with Fergus taking 2nd with a 4-1, 5-3 win over Stewart.

In the 12s and 14s boys event it was an outstanding display from 11 yr old Daniel McKenna (Annan) as he dominated both events on the way to winning both events and only dropping 2 games in the process as he beat Fergus Reynolds-Lewis (Dumfries TC) in both finals 4-1, 4-0 and 4-0 & 4-0. Jacob Holden (Dumfries TC) came third in both events with Flynn Dalgliesh (Annan) winning both consolation events.

A tremendous days tennis with some great performances on the day.

8s & under Mixed – Jack Wearing – Dumfries,

9s & under boys – Ethan Leyman – Dumfries,

9s & under girls – Autumn Hodgins – Dumfries,

10s & under boys – Harry Brown – Beechgrove – Moffat,

12s & under boys – Daniel McKenna – Annan Seaforth,

12s & under girls – Eve Crombie – Dumfries,

14s & under boys – Daniel McKenna – Annan Seaforth,

14s & under girls – Eve Crombie – Dumfries,

16s & under boys – Adam Maxwell – Dalbeattie.


Champions regain their title and Beechgrove bounce back

With three weeks left for the men’s league 1 it was ladies and the men’s league 2 which took centre stage.

Defending champions Stewartry CSC went into a double header this week knowing that victory against Annan and avoid defeat against Dalbeattie should be enough to claim their 4 title in a row. The match against Annan went as the league table suggested as Stewartry won the match 4-0 to set up the Dalbeattie match. With home advantage and sitting with 8 wins out of 8 Stewartry started as strong favourites for this match and that’s the way it went as the took the first 2 rubbers which pretty much secured the title as they went on to win the match 3-1 on the night. This leaves them 5 points clear of both Dumfries and Dalbeattie who go head to head on Wednesday to see who finishes runner up in the league.

In the men’s 2nd division last years relegated team Beechgrove entertained Kirkcudbright knowing that victory would secure a return to the top league at the first time of asking. Having only dropped one point this year they were favourites to win on home soil and that’s the way it went with a 4-0 victory to gin promotion.

Well done to both teams.

D&G Senior Doubles Leagues 2019

In the men’s division 1 table, only 1 point separates the top 4 teams with defending champions Dumfries A only top on rubbers won with Stewartry CSC on equal points with Dumfries B and Dalbeattie both on 9 points.

This week Dumfries C travel to Annan on Monday knowing that if they avoid defeat it puts them in a strong position to avoid relegation before the entertain Dumfries A on the Wednesday. Dumfries B host Stewartry CSC as Dalbeattie travel to Annan and Annan complete their 3rd home match in a week as they welcome Dumfries B on Sunday.



Brothers get the Double

Red2Yellow May event

Despite the mid-week forecast the 2nd round of the D&G Red2Yellow Tour went ahead in great conditions for tennis. We had 10 kids in the Red (8s & under) event and 8 in the Orange (9s & under) event. There were 13 kids from Dumfries Tennis Club and 1 each from Hamilton, Gretna, Castle Douglas, Annan and Carlisle.

In the red event we had some good matches from a young field with only three 8 year old kids taking part. In the semi-finals we had Adam Hunter from Dumfries, Erin McKenna (Annan), Eamon McFarlane (Castle Douglas) and Elona Kennedy from Hamilton. Adam just edge past Erin 10-5 to book his place in the final to meet Elona for the 2nd time as she beat Eamon 10-4. Eamon took the 3rd place as he completed a win over Erin 10-3. Being the youngest in the field certainly didn’t hold back young Adam as he and Elona played some nice rallies for the 2nd time as Adam had just edged a tight match in the round robins 10-9. This time he secured the gold medal with a 10-4 victory. All the kids played really well and a big mentioned to Bethany Mann who was competing in her first event and although no wins she played some great points and will take that into her next event.

In the Orange event we had an 8 player round robin with a very mixed set of results. On the day Cameron Hunter joined his brother in winning the Orange event with 6 wins out of 7. Dominik Czopek came 2nd with 4 wins out of 7 with Autumn Hodgins also winning 4 out of 7 to take third on points won. Lewis and Jack also won 4 games with a lesser points total with Ethan & Toby getting 3 wins out of their 7. Again another special mention to Oliver Bryant who was playing in his first event and like Bethany he played some great points but just fell short on getting a win.

Well done to all the kids today and thanks to Tessa and Rich for helping with the scoring and to Nichola, Rebecca and Magdalena for helping out in the kitchen, very much appreciated.

Well done to the Hunter boys…

Red Results

Orange Results

Upcoming D&G Competitions

There are several local senior events on the horizon for D&G players.

First up is the D&G senior confined championships on the 1st and 2nd June. This event is open to players born in, staying in or a member of a club in D&G.

Saturday 1st is for both ladies and gents singles with both doubles on the Sunday. See link below for more details and how to enter.

D&G County Confined Tournament Poster 2019

Next up is the return of an old event dating back to 1948, The Riding of the Marches Cup to be held at Annan Seaforth on Saturday 22nd June. This event is draw for partners, see poster for more details.

Annan Marches Cup

Annan Seaforth

The following day is the ever popular Dan Maskell Tournament at Dalbeattie Tennis Club.

Dan Maskell

Dan Maskell – Dalbeattie

Then as your holidays are in full swing there is the Lions trophy at Dalbeattie Tennis Club. This event is draw on the day for partners.

Lions trophy

Then after the South of Scotland Championship there is the BSW Timber Trophy which again is hosted by Dalbeattie Tennis Club. If nothing else it is keeping Keith busy!!


BSW – Dalbeattie

Let enjoy a summer of tennis

Dumfries Mini Open

Dumfries Tennis club hosted the 3rd Dumfries Mini Open on Monday 6th May.

There were 33 kids taking part in the 4 events from all over the UK. Glasgow, Edinburgh, Prestwick, Huddersfield, Doncaster, Newcastle, Carlisle with 13 from Dumfries TC and 2 more local boys.

In the Reds mixed event there was a 1, 2 & 3 for Dumfries as Jack Wearing, Adam Hunter & Isaac Sharp claimed the top 3 places with Jack being undefeated in his 6 matches and 6 years old Adam Hunter only losing the 2 matches out of 6, both to Jack. Also a mention to Ruby Gordon who was playing in her first competition, no wins today but lots of good points to build on.

In the 10s event there were just the 2 local boys who were both stepping up from Orange court to play in the full court green ball event. Both boys played well against their older opponents with Brodie Little getting a couple of wins out of his 4 matches and Logan McCluskey played 3 without a win but just losing in the tie-break in one.

The final was played out with Doncaster’s Angus Jones against Newcastle’s Oliver Barlow. Neither boy had lost a game going into the final and it was Angus who started the stronger of the players and took an early lead but Oliver kept him game simple and eased his way back into the match before taking the match 5-3 to clinch the final. Innes Brockie came third by beating previous D&G Red2Yellow Tour winner Oliver Clark.

In the 2 Orange events Dumfries would take another 4 medals. In the boys event it was a 1, 2 & 3 again with Cameron Hunter, Grant Kerr and Ethan Leyman and in the Girls event Autumn Hodgins came 2nd behind Nikemi Olafare. Nikemi won all 5 of her matches with Autumn taking 3 out of 5.

Dumfries Mini Open Results