WOKING, GREAT BRITAIN; the 14th Woking Open Seniors’ Tournament was held from 18 to 22 September 2013 at the Woking LTCC in Hook Heath, Woking, Surrey.
The tournament continues to enjoy widespread interest from the senior tennis community and again almost 200 entries were received from all over the country and abroad.
For many participants this tournament is a permanent fixture in their diaries, but it was good to see many new faces as well.
Tennis was enjoyed in all age groups from 35 to 75 and in particular it was a pleasure to see Great Britain's Isabelle Tyrrell back after her injury in the world championships. Isabelle was to enjoy her week taking the women’s 40s title from last year’s winner, Alison Taylor in straight sets.
The men’s 40s title was won by Michael Haward, GBR, a player that grew up on the Woking LTCC courts, but in recent years has not played as much competitively.
Graham Neale (GBR) survived an almost 4 hour challenge from Clifford Bloxham (GBR). Graham went onto take the mens 50s title after beating fellow countryman Mike Harpin 64 62.
Lynne Hunt, Jenny Chin and Barbara Awbery won the women’s singles in the 50, 55 and 60 age groups respectively. John Spratt, Mike Ellis and Gunter Schultheiss did the same in the men’s 65, 70 and 75 events.
Referee Peter Grimsdale ably assisted by his wife Angela as tournament secretary and by Mike Pinnegar on the Control Desk managed the tournament brilliantly. The Head Coach of WLTCC, Matt Trevail, contributed greatly to the successful running of the tournament as did the grounds and catering staff.
The tournament also paid special thanks to Morrisons Solicitors who sponsored the tournament again as well as JaggerPrint.
The results can be found on the ITF website and a photo gallery is on the Club’s website Results and Photos