Tennis aces are celebrated and remembered at awards night
Clockwise, from top left,The Sean Jonnalagadda Award saw Robbie Curtis (second left) receive his trophy from Saleem Jonnalagadda, Bincy Jonnalagadda and Chloe Jonnalagadda; Helper of the Year - Hugo Jagger; The Whatever Trophy went to Rob Start; Volunteer of the year - Mike Roys.
Many awards and certificates were handed out, as well as trophies for the winners and runners-up from the Grantham Closed Tournament.
There were five main trophies awarded: – the Happy Trophy, the Volunteer of the Year, the Young Helper of the Year, the Whatever Trophy, Player of the Year and, a new one, The Sean Jonnalagadda Trophy.
The Happy Trophy is traditionally awarded to a family that are always positive, smiling and happy.
The award was given by the junior committee and awarded to Ben, Lucy and Polly Cullen.
The Volunteer of the Year award is traditionally given to individuals who selflessly give their time and energy to help at the club.
Mike Roys claimed this accolade.
He is part of the bacon butty morning, maintenance crew and at other times uses his engineering background to help with any little niggles that crop up.
The Young Helper of the Year award went to Hugo Jagger.
He gives up what little time he has, after balancing GCSEs, a social life and improving his own ability, to assisting lessons and offering to develop the young players.
The Whatever Trophy is traditionally given for whatever reason is deemed fit.
Rob Start claimed the honour because, after joining the office team, he has carried out everything at the club with a passion and great care for the club.
The Player of the Year award went to Paul Singleton who has been playing the sport for a mere 16 months.
A little more than two years ago, his life changed dramatically when he woke from a medically-induced coma after having both of his legs amputated.
After having it suggested to him to join the club, Paul played in the club’s very first wheelchair tournament and took a set from James Shaw, who is a Great Britain international and ranked 34th in the world.
Paul has completed his level one coaching course, and will soon be doing his level two.
The Sean Jonnalagadda award was presented in honour of club member Sean, who passed away earlier this year.
His family was in attendance to present the trophy to the most improved player, Robbie Curtis.
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