Cameron Malik made it a special final’s day winning three times at a well-attended conclusion to this year’s tournament. He came from behind in the singles final against newly joined Sam Edwards in an epic encounter on court one. First set went to Sam following a late break of serve at 5-4, but Cam rallied to take the match to a champions tie-break decider. In a nail-biting finish Cam triumphed 10-7.
Earlier Cam teamed up with Marina Webb, 15 to beat Hugh Jaques and Holly Jaques, aged 16 in the Mixed final. The triple was concluded in partnership with Jack Smith as number one seeds as they took on tennis manager Gavin Henderson and Mason Recci. The battle of the coaches ended in another champions tie-break. What would have been a popular win for veteran Gavin was ended as Cam and Jack powered to a 10-8 finish.
The ladies singles final pitted Eli against Holly. In a final wracked with nervous play Eli lost the first, having had set points before rallying 6-2 in the second when her powerful ground shots began to find their target. She gathered her composure to play a solid tie break as Holly erred too often. In the double final in front of some 150 spectators Eli teamed with Marina to produce some wonderful tennis as they forced their way past the more experienced pair of Eve Whitwell and Jen Law 6-3,6-2. Eli’s other win was in the Ladies Handicap Doubles.
This year had a record-breaking number of 255 competitors and matches played. Thanks go to all the organisers and helpers on finals day. A special mention goes to Steve Chidlow who masterminded just about everything including getting to grips with new software and advertising the matches as the tournament drew to its conclusion.
Finals Day was well attended with drinks and pulled pork rolls to eat. Festivities ended with music from Acoustic Duo, The Joe Dolman band.
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