TENNIS: Grantham Junior Open a great success

Grantham Junior Open Mini Red competitors.
Grantham Junior Open Mini Red competitors.

The annual Grantham Junior Open concluded at the town’s Arnoldfield courts on Saturday.

Hosted by Grantham Tennis Club, hundreds of matches were played throughout the week-long competition, with players from all over the country competing in the Grade Three regional event.

Grantham’s players enjoyed a successful week in a lot of different events. Andrew Isaac made the 16-and-under boys’ final by beating three higher rated players, but ultimately lost in a very close and windy final tie-break on Saturday.

Jacob Cullen played well in a very strong Mini Red (eight-and-under) event, while James Peace beat some astute players to finish runner-up of his group in the Mini Orange (nine-and-under) competition.

In adult events, Lianne Tapson won the ladies’ singles 6-0, 6-0, in a one-sided final. Sam Bass and Richard Cragg retained their title in the men’s doubles.

Megan Jones picked up two titles on finals day, winning the mixed doubles 18-and-under with Michael Cragg, and the girls’ doubles 18-and-under with Emma Mastin (Boston).

Other notable performances were made by Joe Patton and Lewis Picker, who came up just short in the 14-and-under boys’ doubles final, and Ella Tapson who made the 18-and-under girl’s doubles final.

The event was sponsored once again by Belvoir Fruit Farms.

l Grantham Tennis Club men’s fourth team hosted Sutton in Ashfield on Sunday and came out second best to a strong team.

Comprising Paul Kennedy, Mike Roys, Dale Wright, Barry Priestley, David Todd and Mark Farmer, Grantham lost 13-5.

The men’s second team also played at home against Gainsborough and came up just short with a 5-4 loss. The team were Ed Milner, Andrew Isaac, Josh King, Toby King, Richard Smart and Mark Harris.