Gerrards Cross LTC International Veterans Grass Court Tournament
GERRARDS CROSS, GREAT BRITAIN: With the assistance of fabulous sunshine, almost perfect grass courts and good fun competitors, our tournament director Michelle Ryan and referee Neil Allen put on another great tournament at Gerrards Cross.
There were competitors from all over England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Russia, New Zealand and other far flung places. It was nice to see so many regulars of our tournament return and to welcome so many new competitors.
There were good draws in all age categories. The youngsters in Men’s 35 gave us a great exhibition of power tennis and there were many very close matches with Giles Davey winning a close final against Frenchman Nicolas Viollier.
Local lad made good Ian Jackson reached his first ITF final in the Men’s 45. To celebrate the occasion Ian chose to wear an extravagant all white ensemble echoing the style conceived many years ago by Rafael Nadal with sleeveless top hung loosely over a tantalisingly cut pair of shorts with plunging side pockets. Quite sensational! His opponent Mark Rowe decided to be equally daring and outrageous with his choice of bright orange top and black shorts. Mark won in straight sets but the match was secondary to the fashion statement set by both players!
Mark and his partner Doug Evans had to later retire from their doubles final when Doug injured himself going for an impossible return from which he almost produced a winner! They were at this stage 6-3 down in the first set tiebreak to a very accomplished pair from Berkshire, Mike Elward and Leigh Jones.
As well as Doug Evans, Elspeth Jones, a regular to our tournament, suffered a fall and broke her wrist and arm. We wish her and Doug very speedy recoveries.
Mens 55 was won by the very much in form Arun Vethakkan who beat the equally in form Myles Collett from oop north. Myles and, new man to watch on the circuit, Peter Ford, then won the Men’s 55 doubles against Arun and Boon Wongpaiboon.
Chris Ornstein beat Norman Church to win the Men’s 65. In the final of the Men’s 65 doubles Malcolm Fraser and Peter Morton, two of Hertfordshire's finest, strode into town to beat the Buckinghamshire pair of Bev Wilson and Peter Linsell.
The Ladies 40 and 50 singles and doubles were round robin events. The 40 was won by our regular finalist Nayla Solh and Barbara Snapes won the 50. 40 doubles was won by Kasia Zaremba-Byrne and Gillian Shortt who beat local favourites Kate Todd and Maggie Woolley in a very close final, winning 10-8 in the match tiebreak. In the Ladies 60 singles Maggie Woolley beat Raisa Kondrateva in the final.
In the mixed doubles round robin the winners were Roger and Ana Marris. It was a nice reward for Ana who had been out injured for quite a while.
A big thank you to all our competitors who brought big smiles to match the sunshine and great performances on the grass to make it all so worthwhile.
We hope you enjoyed playing at our club and we very much look forward to seeing you all again at Gerrards Cross next year.
The GXLTC Tournament Committee