TENNIS: Road to Wimbledon winners decided at Grantham

Joe Patton
Joe Patton

Grantham Tennis Club’s ‘Road to Wimbledon’ winners have been decided

Joe Patton played some great tennis to get to the final and performed extremely well in the last match to win the internal event at Arnoldfield.

Madison Cook

Madison Cook

In the first round, he had a bye in the first of matches, whilst in the second round Joe beat his opponent Michael Hygate 6-0, 6-0. He met Ben Harrison in the thir round in which he was awarded a walkover.

In the quarter-finals he met Tom Horton, a very challenging opponent with vicious spin capabilities. However, spin was not enough to stop on-form Joe who triumphed 6-1, 6-1.

Joe then faced Adam Tapson in the semi-finals. The first set was a thrilling 7-6 win for Joe. He then went on to win the 2nd set 6-0, seeing Joe through to the final.

Joe finally came up against Marco Pierbattise who made his way to the final with some great wins and was a good contender for victory.

But Joe played extremely well and managed to take the first set 6-2 before clinching the second 6-0.

He will now go on to contest the Lincolnshire County Finals of the competition at Eastgate.

Madison Cook triumphed in the girls’ section of the ‘Road to Wimbledon’ competition.

She endured some tricky matches, but found herself in the final of the tournament and managed to win the event.

Madison received a bye in the first round which saw her move into the quarter-finals where she met Millie Kappen. Madison showed why she was seeded second and won 6-2, 6-1, to progress to the semi-finals.

She faced Cerys Jones, a very good hitter of the ball and a great challenge, and the first set was tied at 6-6, forcing a tie-break which Madison edged 7-5. The second set was not as close but the tennis was still of a high quality, Madison taking it 6-2.

Lydia Marshall was the final opponent for Madison to beat, another very good tennis player who moves well and strikes the ball well.

The first set was nail-biting and ended in a tie-break which Madison edged 7-4. The second set was just as exciting and also went to a tie-break which Madison clinched 7-2.

l The boys’ 16-and-under team played at home to a strong David Lloyd Burton Waters side. The team, consisting of Joe Patton, Thomas White, Aaron Jones and Lewis Picker, played some great tennis as they battled out their last match in their Aegon division.

After the first rubbers, the boys found themselves 6-0 down and went on to lose 12-0, which demoted them to third in the league.

l The men’s Aegon team played Louth at home. The team comprising of Darren Taxis, Richard Cragg, Richard Surtee, Andrew Isaac, Jonathan Cummins and Richard Smart defeated the reigning champions 6-3 to boost them up to fourth in the league.

l The ladies’ first team played away to a very strong Bourne side. The team of captain Lianne Tapson, Sally Walker, Mel Bloodworth, Charlotte Palul, Megan Jones and Jackie Wilson played some great tennis to claim victory.

Sally and Lianne won all of their matches, Mel and Charlotte, and Megan and Jackie both lost one but triumphed in the other two.

Grantham ladies’ second team played a strong Lady Bay side in their opening game of their summer season.

The team consisting of captain Janet Ibberson, Katherine Garment, Pam Aust, Liz Frobisher, Sue Edmonds and Jackie Wilson played some good tennis, ensuring they secured a great victory and a good start to their summer season, taking the match 11½-6½ on sets.