TENNIS: Grantham club to host annual Junior Open

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Players from all over the country will contest Grantham Tennis Club’s annual Grade Three Junior Open competition next week.

Now in its sixth year, the event has seen an increase in the number of entries to more than 230.

Sponsored by Belvoir Fruit Farms, the tournament will see local interest centre on Andrew Isaac who is sixth seed in the 16 and under event, Lianne Tapson who is number one seed in the ladies open singles, and Richard Cragg who is seeded third in the men’s open singles.

Luke and Jacob Cullen are the club’s hopes in the Mini Red event and James Peace (Mini Orange) and Nitesh Shyam (10 and under) are also hoping to play well.

l The men’s summer fifth team faced Sleaford at home and lost narrowly despite putting up a valiant effort. The team comprised Ilya Paulavets, Michael Cragg, David Hall, Rob Gibbons, Mike Roys and Simeon Cook.

The ladies’ third team also played at home on Saturday and found the going tough against Musters from Nottingham. The team of Lorraine Walton, Angela Anderson, Elaine Maplethorpe, Carol Binz, Elaine Pulfree and Rachel Pulfree lost 16½ sets to 1½ .

The ladies’ short format continued with Angie Tapson, Rachel Wall, Ella Tapson, Jackie Edgley, Liz Stokes and Angela Anderson travelling to Caunton on Sunday afternoon, where they also lost in a competitive match.