Young tennis aces flock to junior open

Tournament sponsor Ken Riley (far left) with winners, other players, coach James McNally and organiser Pat Clelland.
Tournament sponsor Ken Riley (far left) with winners, other players, coach James McNally and organiser Pat Clelland.

Players from across the district flocked to Lancaster Tennis Club for their recent open junior tennis tournament.

The Lune Road club hosted the event from May 28 to May 30 with close fought matches played in a very good spirit throughout the tournament.

After battling through a round robin stage Chris White from Bowerham Tennis Club was the winner of the boys and girls under 12 singles with Lancaster’s Joel McAllister the runner-up.

In the under 14 age bracket, Slyne-with-Hest’s Ross Norman won the boy and girls singles, defeating Oliver Meek of Kendal and Heversham in the final.

Tournament organiser Pat Clelland said: “We were delighted that we have been able to organise such an enjoyable tournament during the holidays.

“We were also very pleased that young players from a range of clubs other than Lancaster Tennis Club played, from Bowerham, Slyne-with Hest, Heversham, Kendal and Lunesdale.

“I could not have organised the event without the tremendous support from local coach Chris James and from Club Membership Secretary, Sandra Eccles.

“We were also very pleased that local professional coach, James McNally, attended the prize giving on finals day. Their assistance and support is much appreciated.

“We know that competitive play in the tournament is also very valuable experience for those players selected to represent the district in the Youth Games in July.

“We wish them well in that competition.”

The tournament was partly able to go ahead thanks to the generosity of one of the best players to ever come from the area, Ken Riley, who donated £100 towards the development of junior tennis.

The former junior Wimbledon player was on hand to give out the awards to the winners at the end of the tournament.