TENNIS: Grantham boys lose grudge match against Boston

Grantham Tennis Club under-16s
Grantham Tennis Club under-16s
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Two of the best Lincolnshire under-16 boys’ teams clashed in an Aegon match on Saturday.

The Grantham Tennis Club team consisting of Dom Newcombe, Michael Cragg, Tom White and Joe Patton took on Boston in the local grudge match.

A tight first round of singles matches saw Grantham come off second best despite some great play, with both Dom and Tom losing closely fought matches on tie-breaks.

The second round of doubles saw Grantham recover well but ultimately losing the overall match although the standard of play is rising fast with a commitment to club coaching and the help of performance coach Richard Surtees who is now at the tennis club on a full time basis.

Pictured from left, Grantham Tennis Club under-16 boys are – Tom White, Michael Cragg, Joe Patton and Dom Newcombe.

l Grantham ladies’ first team beat Tennis Buddies comfortably on Saturday.

The pairings of Lianne Tapson and Charlotte Palul, Sophie Fletcher and Sally Walker, and Mel Milner and Sarah Patton, each won two matches in a great overall performance.

l The ladies’ fifth team were defeated in their first match. Captained by Sarah Patton, the side comprised Cerys Jones and Pip Jones, Christine Cragg and Loralie Petkovic, and Ann Roughan and Karen-Pye Smith.

l The mixed furth team played their first match of the summer season in Lincolnshire and District Division Two last week. The team, captained by Mike Roys, got off to a flying start to the season and comfortably beat Washingborough second string 108-27. The pairings were Nigel Birch and Sue Cox, Dave Blanchard and Sue Rowland, and Mark Ottey and Angela Anderson.