TENNIS: New court for village players

West Haddon and Crick Tennis Clubs - opening of second court'July 28 2011
West Haddon and Crick Tennis Clubs - opening of second court'July 28 2011

Crick & West Haddon Tennis celebrated their recent merger with the grand official opening of their new, second court at West Haddon last Sunday.

The annual doubles tournament for the Whitfield Cup also took place and 16 pairs competed for the priviledge of adding their names to the illustrious former winners.

Bill Whitfield, a founder member of Crick Tennis Club, and the person who originally donated the cup, kindly attended and knocked a couple of balls over the net of the new court to open it.

The Cup for 2011 was won by Jason Rowley and Elliot Grice (PICTURED), who beat Mark Miller and Richard Taylor in a thrilling final.

Prior to the merger and the building of the second court, neither village could have contemplated a tournament on this scale. Chairman, Dennis Kirk, said: “It was particularly rewarding to see the mix of members entering this tournament, especially the juniors, both male and female, who played with their mums and dads, as well as individuals who were happy to pair up on the day.”

The club intends to build on the momentum and looks forward to hosting many more events in future. With the extra court it is especially looking forward to hosting its own home matches in the county league.

The Crick tennis court continues to be maintained by the club and all courts are available to all members. To find out more visit the web site on

There’s a picture of everyone at the event in this week’s Rugby Advertiser (July 28 edition)