Photo: Susan MullaneJason Barnett(GBR)
GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM: Scottish players won 6 singles titles at the 2012 Scottish Seniors Open Championships which took place at the Scotstoun Leisure Centre, Glasgow from 23-26 February. This grade 3 event attracted over 200 entries from all over the world and was held at indoor centres throughout Glasgow. The ITF had upgraded the tournament to a Grade 3 world ranking event for 2012 and the standard of play from all age groups was very high.
Local player Ian Campbell won through, unseeded, to the final of the Men’s 45 Singles where he beat top seeded Italian Massimo Pannesi 61 63 to take the title. Glasgow’s Malcolm Watt, seeded 2 in the Men’s 40 Singles age group, won the title for the fourth consecutive year beating the top seed from England Mark Sands-Smith 62 62 in the final. Unseeded Brian Morgan of Aberdeen followed up a semi-final upset of No 2 seed John Spratt by beating top seed Roger Ingham 62 61 in the final to take the Men’s 65 title.
Biggest disappointment of the day was the withdrawal of Scotland’s Jason Barnett from the Men’s 35 age group final. Barnett, formerly from Aberdeen, had reached the semi-final at the World Championships in San Diego earlier this month and was keen to defend the Scottish title which he won in 2011. He sustained a hand injury in the previous day’s doubles semi-final and was forced to offer a walkover in both his finals.
Rosie Dennis won the 35/45 Women’s Singles beating England’s Sara Butler in the final.British team players Marjory Love and Christine Lockhart won the Women’s 60 and 65 Singles in convincing fashion and then teamed up to win the Women’s 55 age group doubles title.
There was success too in the doubles finals with 5 out of the 9 doubles finals being won by Scottish pairings.
During the finals’ day, Marjory Love was presented with the 2011 Tennis Scotland award for Senior Player of the Year. The Tennis Scotland President Christine Windmill, aided by John Coulter who has supported veterans’ tennis in Scotland for many years, spoke of Marjory’s many successes throughout the year in GB and World Championships culminating in her achieving a world ranking of 5 in her age group. Mr Coulter described Marjory as a great ambassador for Scottish tennis on the world stage.