Last week saw Rugby Lawn Tennis Club hold its annual ‘Summer Challenge’, this year Sponsored by Touchstone Projects Ltd.
There were events all week for all age groups from under 8s up to adults. Unfortunately this year, we had too few entries from older girls for their events to run, but we still had 63 entries and lots of players played lots of tennis.
A total of 1,146 games were played in all over the week, and luckily for us, the weather remained warm and sunny.
U8s: The under 8s boys tournament was won by Leamington’s Dylan Pillinger who narrowly beat Rugby’s William Garthwaite in the final.
Samantha Delleman, also from Rugby, won the girls’ event, defeating Tabitha Holmes from South Kilworth.
U9s and U10s: The under 9 girls winner was Jasmine Ramsden from Nottingham, with Ellys Pollon of Leicester second, and Grace Rose of Rugby in third.
Another Leamington player, Andrew Hayden, was winner of the under 9s boys, winning a closely fought final against Oscar Holmes from South Kilworth.
Oscar was also runner-up in the under 10s event, which was won by Alex Solenko of Leicester.
U12s: The under 12 boys winner was Piers Bodily of Northampton and the runner up was Sean York. Third place went to Rugby’s Liam Green (whose brother Joseph had been third placed in the under 9s tournament).
U14s-U18s: The under 14s title went to Seth Dunford of Middlesex, with Rugby’s Sam Barnes coming second.
In the under 16s event Liam Victoros had a magnificent win over number 1 seed Michael Yeung of Lancashire.
Liam was also runner up in the under 18s event to Richard Partridge of Coventry.
Men’s: The mens’ event was held on the Wednesday evening and was the event with the largest number of players.
Each player played three or four matches over the course of the evening, which resulted in a very late finish and the final being carried over to the following day.
Under 18s winner Richard Partridge triumphed again, beating Philip Stacey of Leicester, with Rugby LTC’s David Heathcote in third place.
Many thanks to Amanda Trodd, who refereed for one of the days and to all the tennis leaders and scorers, who helped everything run smoothly.
Special thanks to Gemma Trodd, Liam Victoros, Sam Barnes, David, James and Daniel Heathcote and Peter Strange. Also thanks to the entertaining Bengal kitten, who turned up for every event (from we know not where) much to the delight of the players!