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Milford Open Seniors Tennis Tournament 2017
In its 17th year the annual Seniors Tournament welcomed competitors whose ages ranged from those just 45 to the oldest competitor who turns 80 years old this year and is still hitting a good ball. 41 Milford members took part together with a smattering of national, international and county players. It was good to see some of those entering an open tournament for the first time and where better to start than with our Milford event where the competition is strong but more importantly is played in a good spirit.
Monday’s events, 60+ men's and ladies doubles, were the curtain raisers to 4 days of excellent tennis. Last year’s winners Rennie Johnston and Bill Herlihy this year found themselves on opposite sides of the net. Rennie playing with Bob Battersby edged out Bill and partner Mark Jeffery despite losing the first set 2-6 they came back to win the second set 7-5 and the deciding tie break set 10-5.
In the ladies event last year’s losing finalists Joanna White and Jess Weguelin were also opponents in this year’s final. Jess and her County Doubles partner Lesley Johnson beat the local pair of Joanna and Dee Flanagan 6-2, 6-3.
The 60+ mixed rewarded spectators with some fine matches particularly in the later stages. A nail biting semi-final saw Alison Hockey and Milford stalwart, Alan Gordon, just lose out in the local derby to Ed Green and Jess Weguelin. The other semi final was equally tense with Milford pair, Mick Barette and Joanna White losing to the eventual winners and number 1 seeds Rennie Johnston and Nicolette Lemon. Rennie and Nicolette defeated Jess and Ed 6-0, 6-3 to take the trophy.
The consolation event saw 3 Milford pairs in the semi finals; Martyn Osborn and Judy Anne Letchworth, Terry Kirkpatrick and Aileen Evans and Godfrey Holden and Beverley Cabot. Last year’s main event finalist Brian Chambers and new partner, Carole Dickie, lost a tough first round match and won the consolation when Osborne and Letchworth were forced to concede following an injury suffered in the semi final.
In the men’s 45+ event, defending champion, James Lilley took a tumble in his opening match with Geoff Puckett and lost to the number 2 seeds, Neil Crawford and Jonathan Smith who in turn lost to the new pairing of 45 club members Shane Horsell and Paul Lansley. Horsell and Lansley’s good form continued right through to the final when they defeated Rennie Johnston and Neil Abercrombie, 6-2, 6-3. It was an all Milford affair in the final of the Consolation event when in a tense match Milford Tennis Chairman, Neil Flanagan partnered by Alan Gordon edged out Steve Read and Mick Barette, 2-6, 6-4 10-8 tiebreak.
In the ladies 45+ doubles the seeding ran true to form. In a strong field last year’s winners, Anita Pearce and Jess Weguelin, lost a keenly contested semi final to the 2015 winners, Jane Green and Merie Sabey who went on the defeat number 1 seeds Pauline Fisher and Alison Hockey in the final 6-3, 6-2. The consolation event was won by the Southbourne pairing of Mel Castagna and Kate Harris who defeated Lucy Stainer and Annie Mitchener, 7-5, 6-2.
The 70+ mixed event ran true to its seeding with the highly entertaining husband and wife pairing and number 1 seeds, Bridget and Peter Friedmann taking the first set 6-2 before a injury to Rosemary Spence forced her and partner Richard Lovell to retire. The consolation event was won by the new pairing of Merete Collins and Mick Garfath who won through to the final by defeating regular Milford players Malcolm Mecklenberg and Carol Burden in the semi finals.
Friday saw some highly competitive matches in both the 45+ mixed and the ladies and mens 70+ events. In the ladies 70+ Milford saw it’s first champions when Joan Green and Beverley Cabot upset the number 1 seeds Merete Collins and Bridget Friedmann 5-7, 7-5, 10-4. All matches in this event included at least 1 tie break!
In the Mens 70+ event County Players Peter Friedmann and David Trew lived up to their number 1 seeding and defeated fellow Winchester players Brian Birch and Richard Lovell 6-2, 6-1.
The 45+ mixed event saw all 4 seeds through to the semi final stages when brother and sister pair of Anita Pearce and Jeff Gedge won 2 tie breaks in defeating 45 club members Shane Horsell and Jane Green 7-6, 5-7, 10-3. In the final Neil Abercrombie and Pauline Fisher were too strong for the siblings who lost 6-3, 6-2.
In presenting the prizes, Tennis Chairman Neil Flanagan thanked Moore Blatch Solicitors and Solent Dental Centre for their continued support. He commented that many members of the club not only play but help at the event which has a reputation for not only the quality of the matches but also for the friendliness of the club and the excellent behind the scenes organization.
In the 4 days of the tournament 132 players played 126 matches and Sands2 Event catering ran their “pop up” café tempting players and spectators alike with some great cakes and light lunches. Next year the tournament is planned to take place from 16 – 20 April and will celebrate its 18th year thanks to the hard work and commitment of many club members.