Closed Tournament 2022

The Rye LTC Closed Tournament, organised by Bob Thomson and David Goddard for members only, was held in hot sunshine on Saturday 6th August. Thirty-five entrants took part on a glorious day with perfect conditions for tennis. Dan Furnival was victorious in the men’s singles.  After meeting some stiff opposition in the early rounds, especially from Phil Harper, he overcame Simon Crispin in an entertaining final. Ollie Bearcroft and Harry Whitfield, two junior members, also acquitted themselves well and impressed in the senior draw.

Vicki Lowe retained her title in the ladies’ singles in a closely fought match, which sadly saw her opponent Melanie Baynton-Perret retiring after the first set.

The early rounds of the men’s doubles were also very competitive, culminating in an entertaining final in which Scott Brotherton and coach Richard Pratt faced some spirited opposition from Phil Harper and Jonny Leslie, before taking the match. In the ladies’ doubles, Vicki Lowe teamed up with Heather Mott to win for a second time.

In the junior Closed section, run by coach Suzy Larkin, Ollie Bearcroft won the junior Under 15 singles without dropping a game, despite coming straight from the senior draw to play his first match in very hot conditions. He met Harry Whitfield in the final and continued his great form to take the match. Will Mclean and Freddie Furnival had a very close match in the battle for third and fourth place, with Freddie coming back from behind to take the match 7-5. In the junior Under 11 round robin event, Rohan Andrews won all his matches, only dropping one game overall. Bertie Furnival fought very hard throughout the day and was runner-up of the event.


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