Teresa Catlin (our gold medalist) also won the 50s Ladies singles & doubles, at The British Open Seniors Indoor Tennis Championships @ Tipton, alongside Pieter Van Houten who won 50s singles, Pat Forster & Sue Mitchell reached the semis of 60s Doubles, David Mills reached the semis of 50s singles and with Nick Boys reached the semis of 45s doubles.
David was also R/U in 50s men’s singles and Simon Elliot won 55s doubles and reached the semis in 55s singles at Tunbridge Wells Open Seniors Championships. David then reached the semis of Men’s 50s singles and won the 50s doubles with Nick Boys at the British Closed Seniors Championships, Wimbledon, and reached the 50s singles semis at the Open Seniors Grass Championships at Eastbourne.
Andrew Moragon won 45s singles, Pat Forster R/U in 60s singles and doubles with Sue Mitchell at the ITF Indoor Gosling Championships. Andrew also won the 45s Men’s singles at the Leics Clay court Championships.
Tim Poutain-Holes won 35s singles at ITF Seniors Halton, then was R/U in the 35s singles and won the 35s doubles at ITF Frosts Seniors, Gerrards Cross
Scott Martin was R/U in 45s singles & doubles to James Yates and R/U in the Open Mixed at Framlingham and reached the semis of 50s singles and 45s doubles with Alan Jordan at the British Seniors Open Grass Championships at Eastbourne.
Jenny Chin was R/U 60s doubles at Bournemouth, won the 55 doubles at Frinton, and reached the semis of 60s singles and R/U of 55s doubles at the Open Seniors Grass Championships at Eastbourne
Jim Hunter(65s captain) and Bob Harrower(70s captain) won the Norfolk Open 65s men's doubles at Cromer and Jim reached the semis of the 65 singles, Karen Goodman won 40s ladies doubles, and Trish Esplin & Alice Thomson reached the semis. Jim also won the 65s singles at Yorks Open Seniors alongside Mark Sanders (60s Captain) who was R/U in the 60s singles. Bob also reached the finals of the 70s doubles against Mark Cox at the British Seniors Closed Grass Championships at Wimbledon.
Gee Farnsworth won 40s ladies singles, at Hunstanton (the largest tournament in the country), Simon Elliot was R/U in 55s singles and won the 55s doubles, Alan Jordan & Shay Ginat were R/U in 45s doubles and Shay won the 45s mixed.
So very proud of all our Seniors successes this year with more to come later when all the inter-county age related leagues matches finish at the end of September.
Cambs 35s Team at Eastbourne 35s Championships - so narrowly missed promotion!
Tim Poutain-Holes, Pieter Van Houten, David Mills, Scott Martin, Adrian Blackman, Chris Little
David Mills (35s & 45s Captains) reached the semis of Men’s 50 singles and won the 50s doubles with Nick Boys at the British Closed Seniors Grass Championships, Wimbledon and repeated the same at the British Open Seniors Grass Champs, Eastbourne. He was also runner up in 50s men’s singles at Tunbridge Wells Open Seniors.
Simon Elliot won the 55s doubles and reached the semis of 55s singles at Tunbridge Wells Open Seniors Championships.
Jenny Chin was runner up 60s doubles at Bournemouth, won the 55 doubles at Frinton and got to the semis of 60s singles. Then was runner up of 55s doubles at the Open Seniors Grass Championships, Eastbourne, alongside reaching the 3rd round of the 60s singles at the Seniors World Championships, Portugal
Jim Hunter(65s captain) and Bob Harrower(70s captain) won the Norfolk Open 65s men's doubles at Cromer and Jim reached the semis of the 65 singles but won the 65s at Yorks Open Seniors and Mark Sanders (60s Captain) was R/U in the 60s singles.
Bob also got to the finals in the 70s doubles against Mark Cox at the Seniors British Grass Champs at Wimbledon
Scott Martin was runner up in 45s singles & doubles to James Yates (Cambs Academy Manager) and runner up in the Open Mixed at Framlingham. He then reached the semis of 50s singles and 45s doubles with Alan Jordan at the British Seniors Open Grass Championships, Eastbourne
The Cambridgeshire Festival of Tennis which ran from 25th August to 30th August in brilliant sunshine at the Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club had record entries this year.
250 players from all around the County participated in events ranging from 8 and under through to Adult Men’s and Ladies Open events. 706 matches were played in the week. Team events were run for the 8 and unders; 9 and unders and local club players at 12 and 14 and under.
In the singles events pride of place goes to Megan Carmichael and Yujiro Onuma who both had a tremendous week and played some excellent aggressive tennis.
Megan won the girls 16 and under; girls 18 and under and Ladies Open events and added the girls 18 and under doubles to this with Laurie Cruickshank. In the 16 and under event Megan beat Isabelle Havard 6/1, 6/1. In the 18 and under event she beat Chaaya Malik 6/0, 6/3. The best final of the week was in the Ladies Open when Megan overcame Ali McGee 3/6, 6/0 and 10-4 in the tie break after some hard hitting rallies.
Yujiro won the boys 18 and under and Men’s Open and the Men’s doubles with James Murphy. In the boys 18 and under event Yujiro beat Darius Fatemi-Ghomi 6/1, 6/3. In the men’s open he beat Zach Cox 6/3, 6/1.
Christof Schaertlin Coffey won both the 14 and 16 boys’ events and showed great promise for the future. Unseeded Christof, who has struggled for a large part of the year with knee problems, beat eighth seed Ted Hope in the final 6/1, 6/0 of the 14s and then beat second seed Charlie Adams 7/5, 6/0 in the 16 and under event.
Cambridge LTC player Marennah Prempeh won both the girls 12 and under and 14 and under events beating Daisy Whooley 6/3,7/5 in the 12 and under event and then played the same player in the 14 final and won 6/0, 6/3.
The boys 12 and under event was won by the hugely talented Herbie Morris who beat Cassius Jessup 6/0,4/1 before Cassius retired with an injury. Herbie had the week before won the grade 1 event at Bournemouth.
Sophie Johnstone and Leo Runciman were the 10 and under winners to add to the very successful year they have had for the County.
Harry Voss and Olivia Kaser, who are starting to show real promise, won the 9 and under events to follow on from their success at 9 and under County Cup in August and Deimante Jotaute and Ishaan Bansaal won the 8 and under events.
We had 14 teams playing in the Red 8 and under event – 56 children involved. Pride of place went to the host Club – Cambridge Club who won Tier 1 and LK Academy who won Tier 2. In the orange team event where 8 teams played the Cambridge Club won both Tier 1 and Tier 2 with some excellent play. In the 14 and under team doubles the Cambridge Club were again victorious.
Overall it was a fantastic week and Sue Rich and Tim Arthur who refereed the event were really pleased with the great atmosphere created and thanked everyone for their support.
The British Tennis Awards were launched in 2015 and these were designed to celebrate the efforts of the thousands of volunteers, coaches and officials who underpin the grassroots of tennis. In 2018 a record-breaking total of over 1,500 nominations were cast to recognise the incredible people and places that help keep tennis ticking across the country. The winners of county rounds are all considered for regional awards and some of the regional winners are shortlisted for the national awards.
Following on from the Cambridgeshire 2018 County Award presentation, which took place at the County AGM on 20th March 2019 at Emmanuel College in Cambridge, The Young Person of the Year Award winner, Megan Carmichael, was invited to a Young Volunteer’s Day at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton. Toby Jackson, Coach of the Year, and Lawrence Hopkins, Volunteer of the Year, were invited to the President’s Lunch at Wimbledon. We are very proud to report that Lawrence Hopkins was presented with the Central and East of England Volunteer of the Year Award during the lunch. Lawrence said “I was astonished when I heard I had been nominated for this award. I just do what I do because, along with the other members of our excellent Committee, I want to see Haslingfield Lawn Tennis Club be a thriving, successful Club. I get so much satisfaction from seeing loads of people playing tennis in Haslingfield – that’s what it’s all about for me.”
Simon Grainger, Chatteris St Peter’s Tennis Club, won the County Lifetime Achievement Award. From this he went on to win the Regional Award and was shortlisted for the National Award. Simon was invited to Wimbledon during the Championships to take part in the National Awards Ceremony. Both he and the county were delighted that he won the National Lifetime Achievement Award and was invited to meet the Duchess of Cambridge, the LTA’s Patron. Simon said “It came completely out of the blue and it was an absolute honour to be introduced to the Duchess of Cambridge and tell her a little bit about what we’ve been doing for tennis in our small community. I don’t think she’d heard of Chatteris. She knows Cambridgeshire obviously. I’ve changed that, now she knows about a small Fenland town in the north of the County. I think she’s got a genuine interest in the sport. She says her two children are hitting tennis balls at a very young age and showing an interest in racquet sports and hopefully that will continue.”
Cambridgeshire has done very well in the Lifetime Achievement category with Christine Knight shortlisted for the National Award for 2017 and Sue Rich winning the National award for 2016. Both have given outstanding service to County tennis over many years.
Putting forward a nomination is a great opportunity to thank the volunteers, coaches and officials associated with your club for all their hard work and to show your appreciation. The 2019 British Tennis Awards are now open for nominations, with a closing date of 30 November 2019. Please do make a nomination in any of the following categories – you never know where it might end up: Lifetime Achievement Award, Volunteer of the Year, Young Person of the Year, Coach of the Year, Club of the Year, Community Venue of the Year, Education Award, Disability Award, Competition of the Year and Official of the Year.
One person making a nominee will be selected at random and their club will receive £250
To make your nomination please go to the LTA website - www.lta.org.uk/awards