Just before the festive season was in full swing the adult players over at Totally Tennis in Chineham competed in the Hampshire Court Championship tournament run by coach Shyam Vithlani.
Men’s Singles runner-up Andy Nicholls
Twenty-seven players entered the Men’s Singles draw with each match the best of three sets. Ashley Childs was declared the overall winner after beating Andy Nichols in the final 0-6, 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-2). They both played four matches enroute to the final. Childs defeated Dave Quinn 6-0, 6-0 in round one and had a bye in round two which put him in the quarter finals. In his first round match Nicholls beat Andy Small 6-3, 6-1 and then John Mosquera 6-2, 6-3 in round two. Childs beat Ant Langley Smith 6-3, 6-3 in the quarters and Gavin Lancashire 6-3, 6-4 in their semi-final match. Nichols beat Malcolm Mc Phail and Stuart Eaton in the quarters and semis respectively.
Women’s singles runner-up Jayne Crowley
In the Ladies Singles fourteen players competed to win the crown. Elaine Whitman took the title defeating Jayne Crowley in the final 6-3, 7-5. Both ladies kept a clean scoresheet on their way to the final by not dropping a single set. Whitman beat Kathy Elliot, Liz Narracot and Jane Reap. Crowley defeated Lesley Miotto, Arlette Quinn and Julia Harker.
(L to R) Mens Doubles runners-up Vince Castle/Peter Hillman and winners Malcolm McPhail/Andy Nicholls
Fourteen pairs competed in the Men’s Doubles event with Nicholls claiming his first title of the day with partner Malcolm McPhail. The victorious pair beat Vince Castle/Peter Hillman in a close match 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (8-6).
Women’s Doubles winners Pat Fenwick & Elaine Whitman
Whitman picked up her second title of the day in the Ladies Doubles event with partner Pat Fenwick. The ladies who played alongside twelve other pairs in the tournament beat Quinn/Elliot in the final 6-2, 6-4. Whitman and Fenwick beat Maria Saunders/Lesley Flynn, Lynne Thomas/Crowley and Carol Grant/Lesley Miotto while Quinn/Elliot claimed victories against Jackie Simpson/Lois Fidler, Josie Vanderslott/Barbara Herneman and Alex Nicholls/Denise Gridley.
(L to R) Mixed Doubles runners-up Tony Baker/Whitman and winners Julia Clark/Stuart Hounslow
Whitman was denied a hat trick of titles in the Mixed Doubles competition after her and partner Tony Baker were beaten in the final by Julia Clark and Stuart Hounslow 6-4, 7-5. After a bye in round one Clark and Hounslow beat Nicki and Gordon South in the tie break of their three set encounter 6-4, 0-6 7-4 and won another tie-break to claim their semi-final victory against Ann and Jim Murray 1-6, 6-1, 10-8. Runners-up Whitman/Baker defeated Lynne and Brent Thomas, Kate Scorse and Paul Rummey and Dave and Arlette Quinn.