Following on from their latest Road to Wimbledon event, Stonehaven tennis club hosted their annual Junior Club Championships recently. The competition, which took place on Sunday 10 June featured children aged 8 and under and 10 and under competing throughout the day.
Due to the recent introduction of “Mini Tennis Competition” squads, the children showed a tremendous enthusiasm towards competitive play and these qualities were shown in abundance throuhghout the day.
The event kicked off at 9.30am with the 16 youngsters taking part in the 8 and under tournament entertainint spectators with their playing ability on court.
Some of the players, who were as young as six years old, impressed their parents with overarm serves, rallying and attacking when given the chance.
Seven year old Joe Tibbetts gained an early birthday present when he defeated Ryan Doherty, also seven, a day before his eighth birthday in the final match.
Immediately after the presentations took place, the 10 and under event kicked off with separate boys and girls events. Continuing the impressive impression their younger team mates made, the older children provided a great event for the spectators.
The 10 and under competition featured many talented players who are a little more used to competitive play having played in the Aberdeen Schools Competition and compete in tournaments outwith the North East.
Promising young player, nine year-old Rosie Sterk, won the girls event in a dramatically tense final against her good friend 10 year-old Jodie Harris.
In the boys event, the ever-improving 10 year-old Gregor Alexander took the title with a tight victory over the talented Owen Stewart.
Nine year-old Owen had defeated last year’s under 8 champion Nathan Mcpherson in the semi final before reaching the final which was arguably match of the day.
Other members of the tennis club succeeded in other events over the same weekend.
The winners of the tennis club’s recent “Road to Wimbledon” competition travelled to the county finals. Eleven year-old Patrick Young and thirteen year-old Aoife Aitken did themselves and the Stonehaven Tennis Club very proud.
At the senior end of the club, the Men’s A team currently top the North East Premier Division at the half way stage, with the players also qualifying for the West Highland Tennis Championships.
In 2005 this event was won by Colin Fleming, who now plays in the televised David Cup for Great Britain and is one of the top 50 doubles players in the world.
In another success story, the tennis club’s coach Bruce McIver has been selected for the North County over 35s.