Whitby club championship ends season

WHITBY Tennis Club held its annual club championships in near perfect conditions.

The morning started with the men’s single competition, with holder Andrew Hardy defending the trophy against Richard Buxton.

The first four games went against serve until Andrew settled into a more consistent pattern by serving more aces.

As the match continued, there were many long rallies reaching deuce, but Richard could not quite capitalise on the important points as Andrew won 3-0.

In the ladies’ singles, Magda Phillips and Jean Fardoe competed in a close first set with both players finding the lines throughout the rallies.

Magda took the set 6- 4.

It was a different story in the second with Jean making some great cross-court winners, giving her the advantage and winning the set 6-1.

They were both feeling the pressure as the match continued on level terms, until Jean made some winning shots down the lines and took the third set 6-3. The final result was Jean Fardoe winning two sets to one.

The men’s doubles was contested between Andrew Hardy and Richard Buxton against Phil Stabler and Tom Donald.

There was much bravado throughout their match as Phil and Tom had to contend with Andrew’s aggressive serve. Tom tried to equal the serve but had to resort to playing the points out with longer rallies. Andrew and Richard won 6-1, 6-1.

The ladies’ doubles was contested between Magda Phillips and Sue Jackson against Julia Brown and Eileen Harper.

Julia and Eileen started well by taking their opponents’ serve in the first game. But they could not capitalise any further as the match progressed. Some of the games went to deuce but Magda and Sue won the match convincingly 6-1, 6-0.

The weather stayed fine for the rest of the afternoon when more of the club’s members arrived for a friendly mixed doubles tournament.

The draw took place and the matches started on all three courts. Each match involved playing five games, with each couple accumulating a point for every game, the points were added up at the end.

There were some interesting teams and many close encounters. Andrew Hardy and Eileen Harper ended up as the winners overall.

Everyone had an enjoyable afternoon to end the season. Many players will continue playing on a Sunday morning throughout the winter, weather permitting.