The matches have all been played and the champions decided in this years Hampshire Court Championships held at the centre in Chineham and run by coach Shyam Vithlani. The Championships was divided into five categories, Men’s and Ladies Singles, Men’s and Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles and players had been competing in the preliminary rounds in the months leading up to finals day.
All players and non-players were invited to attend the finals weekend to support fellow members, enjoy some food, drinks and the presentation ceremony. Hampshire Court trophies were given to the winners of each of the five event as well as prizes for the runners-up.
Mens Singles Champion 2014 Andy Nicholls
Twenty-five players competed in the men’s singles event. In the semi-finals Malcolm McPhail defeated Ashley Childs 6-3, 7-5 and Andy Nicholls beat Anthony Langley Smith 6-3, 6-4. The final was a closely played three set affair with Nicholls coming out the victor beating his doubles partner McPhail 5-7, 6-3, 6-6 (10-2) to be declared the 2014 champion.
Runner-up in the Mens Singles Malcolm McPhail
Nicholls won his second trophy this time teaming up with McPhail to win the doubles the event in another close three set final match decided by a championship tie-break. Nicholls/McPhail beat Peter Highman and Vince Castle 6-7(7-4), 7-5, 21-19 in the battle to be crowned champions.
Nicholls and McPhail were victorious in the Mens Doubles
Defending Ladies singles champion Elaine Whitham won the title again this year, competing in a field of twelve players. Whitham beat Jane Reap and Kate Scorse on her way to the final where she defeated Grace Leong in three sets 1-6, 6-4, 10-8.
Leong and Whitham contested the Ladies Singles final
Whitham wins the Ladies singles title again in 2014
In the Ladies Doubles competition Tina Wood and Emma Giddings were declared the overall winners beating off the twelve other pairs to take the title. Wood/Giddings beat Whitham and partner Pat Fenwick in the final to secure the title. Wood also won the Mixed Doubles title, this time with husband Simon. A fantastic number of nineteen pairs competed in the event and the Wood husband and wife duo beat Christine Doig and Adam Fitzgerald in the final.
Vithlani said ‘It was another great Championships and I am really pleased with the number of entires in all the events again this year. There was some great tennis played with some really close three set matches and championship tie-breaks to decide the titles. Congratulations to all the winners!”