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.