Top players from Lincolnshire and the UK took part in Grantham Tennis Club’s high profile Junior Open event.
Sponsored by Belvoir Fruit Farms and refereed by the experienced Peter Greatorex, the stage was set for some of Grantham’s youngsters (and older players) to test themselves against quality opposition.
In the youngest age category (eight years and under) a number of Grantham’s players showed their ability, with five local boys making it to the quarter finals and two girls.
The notable performer of the day was Luke Cullen, who enjoyed some fabulous victories during the event, narrowly losing to Lincolnshire born James Gedney 10-8 in the final.
The girls final was contested between Mia Wainwright and Lilia Dunn (coached by Richard Surtees at Grantham), and as with the boys there were some tremendous rallies, with both girls showing their fighting spirit. Mia won the match 10-4.
In the 14 and under boys doubles event Joe Patton and Lewis Picker lost in the final to the top seeds, after beating the second seeds on the way to the final.
Andrew Isaac and Sebastian Darke also lost in the 18 and under boys doubles final to Dom and Henry Beesley in a very tight match.
Next day, the Grantham and Louth-based players got their revenge on the same pair by beating Dom and Henry in the men’s doubles final.
Lianne Tapson enjoyed a successful week, despite losing in the semi-finals of the ladies singles.
Lianne progressed to the final of the mixed and ladies doubles (with Jay Clarke & Mell Milner).
In two very tight and difficult doubles matches she couldn’t pull off a victory in either.
Other notable performances came from Ryan Moore and Michael Cragg who beat higher rated players.
Elliot Smith-Rasmussen, Elliot Fisher, Robbie Curtis and John Craig were other players from Grantham who played well, this being their first experience of a grade 3 event.