Tennis finals at games club

PUBLISHED: 12:35 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:32 10 June 2010

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IT WAS very much a case of 'dodging the downpours' during the weekend for the tennis finals at Budleigh Salterton Games Club. Sadly, the tournament matches had to be played on the all-weather Astroturf courts rather than the grass courts

IT WAS very much a case of 'dodging the downpours' during the weekend for the tennis finals at Budleigh Salterton Games Club.Sadly, the tournament matches had to be played on the all-weather Astroturf courts rather than the grass courts, which are looking particularly good, ironically, thanks to all the rain!Play began late Saturday afternoon with the Men's Doubles and the Vet's Mixed Doubles. The Men's Doubles was a hard-fought contest won by Carl Humphries and Paul Haestier over their opponents Giles Tushingham and Stan Woods, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. In the Vets' Mixed Doubles Maureen Greenwood and Steve Yarnall triumphed over Joyce Smith and Dick Odam 6-4, 6-4. Further Saturday matches were interrupted by torrential rain and had to be continued on Sunday. The Veteran Ladies Doubles, which was played over two days, was won comfortably by Jennie Capel-Jones and Mary Jordan who beat Claire Branfield and Gentian Revill, 6-1, 6-2.The Ladies' Doubles was a relatively easy victory for Mary Lowles and Stephanie Teed, beating Noelle Adler and Colette Horlock 6-2, 6-1. It was a high-standard match all round, but Mary was hitting hard from the back and Steph was playing especially well at the net, giving them the overall advantage.Mary Lowles and Dick Odam beat Kim Hart and Carl Humphries in a three set Mixed Doubles, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. This was an exciting match with everyone playing well and it is particularly noteworthy that Dick had to take time out from all his matches to play in another key League match, in which his Men's B team were leading the contest!In the Men's Singles, Ian Lowles beat Richard Price-Hughes 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 in a very close competition played to a high standard. Having taken the lead in the first set, Richard had a bad fall at the beginning of the second and pulled a hamstring. From then on he was less mobile and Ian was able to close the gap.The Ladies' Singles was between Mary Lowles and Robyn Brown. The match was played in good spirit with a lot of laughter! Robyn played very skilfully but, in the end, Mary's greater power prevailed, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Finally, the Veteran Men's Doubles was won by Dick Odam and Tony Bennett, beating Stan Woods and David Hincks 7-6, 6-3.In spite of the weather, the tournament was well-supported. The Chairman, Tony Bennett, expressed thanks to Mary and Ian Lowles for their hard work in organising the competition. He also thanked Mike Dickens, the grounds member, for preparing the grass courts, which sadly could not be used, and also Maureen and Terry Greenwood for arranging teas and the cheese and wine that followed the prize-giving. Mention should also be made of the professionalism of the umpires : Noelle Adler, Rose Jessen, Ian Lowles, Carl Humphries, Graham Adler and Simon Teed.EAST Devon Tennis Centre veterans' Jo Louis, Sue Wiltshire and Tony Bennett all won titles at the Wimbledon veterans' championships at the All-England club with Louis retaining her ladies' over 40 singles title in some style, writes Tony Atkins.The former world number one did not concede a single set en-route to a second successive title, beating Rachel Apsey 6-1, 6-4 in the final. Louis teamed up with Sue Wiltshire to capture the Over 35 doubles title with their final defeat of Hazel Lindfield and Carina Weedon 6-0, 6-4.To cap a great day for the East Devon Tennis Centre, former Over 70 doubles champion Tony Bennett added the Over 80 title to his collection after partnering All-England club member Tony Biggs to victory over Great Britain internationals Royston Boutcher and George Ells 6-2, 7-5 in the final.It was a fine and brave performance by Bennett who was carrying a slight hamstring injury throughout the final day. A great servant to Devon, Bennett has captained three of the County teams, the Over 55s, the Over 70s and the Over 75s.In the first round of the LTA Mother and Daughter competition, Ann and Jo Louis beat Carol and Philly Coehli (Avon) 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (9-7) at Bristol. Ann Louis served for the match and sealed victory with an ace to bring the curtain down on another superb effort.

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