Burton and Haestier lift the Budleigh Games Club’s 2010 Tennis Doubles title.
PUBLISHED: 10:42 18 August 2010
The 2010 Budleigh Games Club held their Tennis Finals and, despite the weather doing it’s best to trouble the organisers, the matches all got played and there was some superb tennis for a large crowd to enjoy.
The Men’s Doubles was won by James Burton, who has long been a junior member of the club, partnered by Paul Haestier. Runners-up were Kevin Stuart-Banks and George Norman. The Mixed Doubles match was fast paced and hard hitting, with a combination of youth and experience on both sides.
The winners were Hannah Odam and George Norman.
Their worthy opponents were Bridget Andrews and Seb Stuart-Banks. Seb frequently drove his favourite topspin shot hard to the baseline, but Hannah and George managed to return most of them.
The Vets Men Doubles was the only match to take place on grass.
The winners were Dick Odam and Ray Astin beating Keith Ward and John Crosse.
The Vets Ladies Doubles was won by Rosemary Carmichael and Gentian Revill. Rosemary fought hard considering she had been in three other matches, including the Super Vets! Gentian was a deserving winner, particularly after having only just lost out in three previous Finals Day tournaments.
The runners-up in this category were Ann Boyle and Maureen Greenwood.
The Vets Mixed Doubles was won by Dick Odam and Jennie Capel-Jones and runners-up were Rosemary Carmichael and Steve Yarnall. Finally, the coveted title of ‘Most Improved Player’ was won by Mags Milne.
Overall, the tournament was well-supported. The Chairman, Mary Jordan, expressed thanks to Ian Lowles for his hard work in organising the Competition throughout the summer and particularly for the organisation of the Finals Day itself. She also thanked Maureen Greenwood and Heather Taylor for arranging teas during the afternoon, as well as all those who provided cakes and sandwiches. Special thanks was given to the umpires whose task is never easy.