TENNIS: Grantham men are joint first midway through season

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Just over halfway through the Nottingham Winter League season and Grantham Tennis Club men’s first team are joint top of Division One with two matches to play.

Having entertained Mansfield men’s first team last Saturday the Grantham team won convincingly 67 to 41 to make it threes victories from four. A strong performance from Paul White and Jon Quinn saw them win all three of their matches with the loss of only eight games, ably supported by Jonathan Cummins paired with Richard Smart, and Rob Start with junior Lewis Picker, with both playing well to win two out of three matches each to close the match out comfortably.

Captain Paul White said: “With a number of regular first team players unavailable for various reasons, Grantham juniors in particular have really stepped up well, and all credit to them, and the coaching programme which has helped improve the playing standard significantly.”

Grantham ladies’ third team had their third win of the season on Sunday when they defeated Southwell A at home, 75 games to 33, in very challenging conditions due to the wind.

The team of Rachel and Elaine Pulfree, Carole Binz and Sue Taylor, and Angie Tapson and Lorraine Walton played good tennis throughout.

The men’s third team lost 72 games to 36 away at Wollaton. The team comprised of Nigel Birch and Adam Tapson, Colin Walton and debutant Lewis Picker, and Liam Fitzpatrick and Peter Elphick, all of whom fought hard but were beaten by the stronger side.

The ladies’ winter second team played a Keyworth side who were too good for Grantham who narrowly lost 57-51.

The team consisted of Rose Elphick and Laura Dixon, Jennette Thurland and Pam Aust, and Wendy Bland and Gail Browne.

Grantham’s second mixed team travelled to Burton Joyce on Sunday morning. The rain had stopped but the wind was incredibly strong. The match started on the slippery hard courts and Grantham finished the first round 14 games up. The second and third rounds all went in Grantham’s favour, winning with a score of 65 games to 43.

The team were Rob Start, Liz Stokes, Joe Patton, Jackie Wilson, Ben Cullen and Melanie Bloodworth.