TENNIS: Grantham men’s winning streak continues

Grantham Tennis Club men's first team.
Grantham Tennis Club men's first team.

A strong Grantham Tennis Club men’s first team played their second Nottinghamshire League match against Mapperley Park and continued their unbeaten run – having won two from two – in an excellent start to the winter campaign.

First pairing Richard Cragg and Andrew Isaac played some big balls to demolish the opposition’s openers, only to struggle against their third couple.

Grantham’s second pair was the reformed partnership of Jonathan Cummins and Simon Cormer who had a productive afternoon, with some strong serving and hitting, winning two matches comfortably and halving the third.

Finally, the home grown youngsters of Paul White and James Drennan found the going tough against the opposition first pair, but dispatched the other two pairs with ease.

The match ended in a comfortable 78 to 30 games win for Grantham

Men’s captain Paul White said: “I am delighted we have started the winter campaign so well and hope the good form continues through the winter. A lot of hard work is going in with club performance coach Richard Surtees to improve the standard of the team, and I hope it is starting to pay off.”

l Grantham’s mini red team travelled to Boston to take on a strong Sleaford side last weekend.

The team, consisting of Imogen Clough, Toby Cullen, Oliver Anderson and Leon De Raco, all coached by Richard Surtees, comfortably won the overall match without dropping a game.

l The ladies’ third team played at home to a strong Burton Joyce side and won 63-45.

The winning team comprised Jo Carstairs, Katy Dines, Liz Stokes, Claire Marris, Laura Dixon and Roz Elphick.

l The men’s fourth played in the winter Nottinghamshire League against a strong Upper Saxondale side.

The Grantham team were Johnny Ng and John Legard, Matt Street and Chris Roughan, and Harry Larkin and David Hall.

A very close match all the way through the rounds saw Johnny and John finishing on 24-14, Matt and Chris on 15-21, Harry and David on 15-21 also, so that the overall scores were tied at 54-54 and so the two teams took a share of the spoils.

Grantham Tennis Club men’s first team are from left, back – Simon Cormor and Jonathan Cummins; front – James Drennan, Richard Cragg, Paul White and Andrew Isaac.