TENNIS: Grantham win opening winter fixture following indoor defeat

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THE week started with a loss for a Grantham Tennis Club team.

The indoor first team, consisting of James Drennan, Richard Cragg, Mell Milner and Charlotte Palul, narrowly lost to West Bridgford 2nd.

A tight game played in fantastic conditions last Sunday morning saw Grantham edge away from Woodthorpe in the final rubber to secure a well-deserved victory in the opening fixture of the new winter league. Captain David Todd had to withdraw at the last moment due to injury so Grantham shored up the side with Dale Wright-French (who partnered Kane Goswell), recent winner of the club’s Veteran Doubles Tournament.

The new pairing of Paul Kennedy and Johnny Ng proved to be very effective and they were Grantham’s leading pair with two wins and a draw. The third pair were John Walker and Robert Start.

In the men’s veterans, Grantham 2nd hosted Grimsby 2nd. The team of new captain Mike Roys, Martin Garrett, Richard Edgley and Paul Carpenter lost six sets to two.