Tennis stars on top form
PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:21 10 June 2010
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EAST DEVON tennis stars Jack Findel-Hawkins and Robert Knight were on top form at Exeter Junior Week where they won four titles between them on the university courts at Streatham Campus.
EAST DEVON tennis stars Jack Findel-Hawkins and Robert Knight were on top form at Exeter Junior Week where they won four titles between them on the university courts at Streatham Campus.The arrival of new coach Damian Fuller at the Exmouth indoor centre has taken performances to a new level with the rewards now coming thick and fast in the junior ranks. As well as the success enjoyed by 16 and under doubles champions Findel-Hawkins and Knight at Exeter Week, there were also titles for fellow Centre members Emma Cooper (Woodbury Salterton), Callum Wade (Exmouth) and Sian Payne, who travels up from Ivybridge to train there. But it was Findel-Hawkins who set himself as a class apart in the boys' competitions by storming to the singles title in the 16 and under event. Still only thirteen, Findel-Hawkins dropped just eight games en route to the title. In the doubles, his partnership with Robert Knight (Clyst St Mary) saw them head and shoulders above the rest of the field to go on and outplay Robber Kerr (West Hill) and Sebastian Harrison (Stockland) 6-1, 6-1 in the final. An excellent display in the doubles was some consolation for Knight, who was unlucky not to have reached the singles final after going down to top seed Jonathan Blatchford (Cornwall) 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in the semi-finals. "We were five all in the third set tiebreak when I had a net-cord go against me," said Knight ruefully. Findel-Hawkins went on to complete his own personal treble with victory in the mixed doubles alongside Emma Cooper.Results. Exeter Junior Week.Boys' 16 and under singles. Semi-finals: Jonathan Blatchford (1) bt Robert Knight (3) 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). Jack Findel-Hawkins (2) bt Thomas Partridge (5) 6-0, 6-1. Final: Jack Findel-Hawkins bt Jonathan Blatchford 6-1, 6-1. Boys' 14 and under singles. Semi-finals: Ben Ward (1) bt Max Lewin (3) 6-0, 6-0. Darius Munchow bt Peter Underhill 6-0, 6-3. Final: Ben Ward (1) bt Darius Munchow 6-4, 6-3. Boys' 12 and under singles. Semi-finals: Oliver Tyrrell (2) bt Erik Wilson 3-6, 7-6, 10-5. Jordan Clayton (1) bt Robert Leck (4) 6-2, 6-2. Final: Jordan Clayton (1) bt Oliver Tyrrell (2) 7-5, 6-1. Boys' 10 and under singles. Semi-finals: Robert Leck bt Oshi Leverton 4-0, 4-0. Callum Mooney bt Reece Allen 4-2, 4-0. Final: Robert Leck bt Callum Mooney 4-0, 4-0.Girls' 10 and under singles Final: Chloe Binmore bt Ellie Gardner 5-4 (2), 5-4 (3). Girls' 12 and under singles. Semi-final: Emma Hurst (1) bt Vanessa Brill 6-0, 6-0. Sian Payne (2) bt Chloe Binmore (3) 6-0, 6-2. Final: Sian Payne (2) bt Emma Hurst (1) 6-0, 6-3. Girls' 14 and under singles. Semi-final: Lara Graney (2) bt Penny Tilsley 6-1, 6-1. Kate Forrester (1) bt Mia Loye (4) 6-3, 6-2. Final: Lara Graney (2) bt Kate Forrester (1) 7-5, 6-3. Girls' 16 and under singles. Semi-final: Nicole Priestman (2) bt Kate Forrester (3) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Lara Graney (4) bt Samantha Kenshole (1) 7-5, 6-1. Final: Lara Graney (4) bt Nicole Priestman 6-4, 6-3. Boys' 12 and under doubles. Final: Oliver Tyrrell & Callum Wade bt Robert Leck & Erik Wilson 7-5, 4-6, 10-5. Boys' 16 and under doubles. Final: Jack Findel-Hawkins & Robert Knight (1) bt Seb Harrison & Robbie Kerr (2) 6-1, 6-1. 16 and under mixed doubles. Final: Jack Findel-Hawkins & Emma Cooper (1) bt Robbie Kerr & Samantha Kenshole (2) 6-2, 6-0. Sportsmanship Award: Katherine Wilkinson (Colyton). Girls' 16 and under doubles: Lara Graney & Samantha Kenshole. Girls' 12 and under doubles: Emma Hurst & Sian Payne.LYMPSTONE Tennis Club are set to claim another honour as their men's team close in on the Division Seven title in the Exeter & District Tennis League. It's been a wonderful campaign to date for the quartet of players comprising Jonathan Bissett, club coach James Isaac, Miles Fletcher and Jarad Parsons, having played throughout the campaign.It is the pairing of Bissett and Issacs, who have only been playing doubles together for two seasons, who have been so very effective this season. The pair have lost just one single set throughout all their matches this term.The single set they lost came in the earlier season game with Sampford Peverell and it is the Mid Devon side who provide the Lympstone four with their next opposition, tomorrow night (Friday), when they meet at Lympstone Tennis Club at 6.30pm.Bissett says: "We recognise we are very close, having played some very good consistent tennis. But equally we are all well aware that there is plenty of work still to be done if we are to end the campaign with something tangible for our efforts. However, what is clear is that if we can win the next two then we'll take some stopping in terms of both taking one of the two promotion berths and the Title with it."The Lympstone 'four' follow up tomorrow night's encounter with a trip to Tiverton on August 5 and a couple of wins over Mid Devon opposition and the Lympets quartet should be able to order up the champagne.