TENNIS: Grantham fourth string win comfortably

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Grantham Tennis Club men’s fourth team played away to a strong Newark side in their first game of the summer season at the weekend.

The team consisting of captain David Todd, John Walker, Barry Priestley, Matt Street, Paul Carpenter and Simeon Cook played extremely well and they eased to a very comfortabale 14-4 victory. A very comfortable victory for the men’s 4th team and a great start to their season. The captain will be hoping to field the same strong team every week in order to carry on this great start.

l The 14-and-under boys played an Aegon game away to a strong Deeping side. The team of Joe Patton, Lewis Picker, Adam Tapson and Tom Horton played some fantastic tennis in the glorious sunshine. The boys were on form as they never dropped a set in any match to record a comprehensive 12-0 victory.

l The mini Green team played a match against a very strong Tennis Buddies side. The Grantham team comprised of Jake Gibbons, James Peace, Heidi-Louise Roberts and Martha Patton.

It was a very close game and the Greens played extremely well but could not quite steal the match at the death.

The first round of matches ended in a 2-2 draw so it all went down to the doubles. But Tennis Buddies managed to narrowly pull away, winning the second double 5-4 (7-2), 5-4 (7.2).

l GTC’s 12-and-unders travelled to a very strong Boston side. The boys’ team consisted of Owen Shaw, Ben Harrison, Nitesh Shyam and Marco Pierbattise.

They boys played with the sun beating down on them and were beaten comfortably by the Boston side.

Despite the defeat, the Grantham lads still remain second in the league.

l The day following the official opening of the new tennis centre at Arnoldfield, Grantham Tennis Club were involved competitively in two Aegon matches.

The men’s first team played away to a strong Louth side. The team consisting of Richard Cragg, James Drennan, Joe Patton and Richard Smart, were unable to beat the Louth side at home, losing 6-0 on hard courts.

The ladies’ first team travelled away to a very strong Burton Waters for their Aegon match, but unfortunately suffered the same fate as the men, losing 6-0. The team comprised Lianne Tapson, Megan Jones, Ella Tapson and Mel Bloodworth.