TENNIS: Grantham ladies win national over-40s opener

Grantham Tennis Club's triumphant under-40 ladies, from left -  Lianne Tapson, Sarah Patton, Melanie Bloodworth and Jane Hunter.
Grantham Tennis Club's triumphant under-40 ladies, from left - Lianne Tapson, Sarah Patton, Melanie Bloodworth and Jane Hunter.

Grantham Tennis Club ladies travelled to Blackburn to play their first round in the national over-40s competition on Sunday.

The first pairing of Lianne Tapson and Jane Hunter had a slow start but managed to win comfortably in the end – 6-4, 6-1. Sarah Patton and Melanie Bloodworth had a difficult match but also came through to win 6-4, 6-3.

Grantham needed one more win to secure the match and Lianne and Jane came through comfortably with 6-1, 6-4 to secure the win. Melanie and Sarah lost 6-0, 7-5.

l The club’s veteran men’s first team played first match in the Sunday league.

The team of Mike Roys, Nigel Birch, Mark Farmer and Ed Milner overcame a very strong Boston side and difficult weather conditions to win 3-1 overall.

l The men’s second team began their Aegon season at Horncastle in very windy conditions.

The home side took a 2-1 lead but Grantham’s number one seed Michael Cragg pulled it back to 2-2 prior to the doubles, giving the visitors hope.

Alistair Le Bas did his part, winning all three of his rubbers including his championship tie-break shoot-out, which left the score at 4-4 and meant.

It meant that Luke Moore and James Drennan, both suffering with back injuries during their singles, had the chance to redeem their poor showings in the doubles. Somehow, though, from 8-7 up they conspired to lose the game, set and match, with Horncastle coming out on top 5-4 overall.

l Grantham’s 16-and-under boys’ team beat Boston D 12-0 at home in their first Aegon of the season.

All in great form, the team comprised Kevin Mason, Elliot Smith-Rasmussen, Hugo Jagger and Mohammad Sahil.