Mini-Tennis players descended from as far as Guildford to Ryde Mead Tennis Club for the club’s Summer Mini-Tennis Tournament. The tournament saw 28 children contest for the U8’s, U9’s and U10’s titles, although the number of children participating was not quite as high as usual, the level of quality was the highest ever seen at the club.
The Mini-Red competition saw just 8 entries, 4 from Ryde Mead, 2 from Ryde Lawn and 2 from Portsmouth. The quality of play was great throughout, with every child showing fantastic ability and a great deal of experience for children under 8 years old! Dexter Collins (pictured) (Ryde Mead), Oscar Boyle (Portsmouth), Henry McLuckie (pictured) (Ryde Mead) and Rory Buckeridge (Ryde Lawn) progressed to the Semi-Finals. Dexter and Henry both won their Semi-Finals in straight sets to set-up an all Ryde Mead final. Initially Henry matched Dexter, however as the final went on Dexter showed a greater level of consistency winning the final 10 – 8, 10 – 5.
Having won the Mini-Red competition Dexter decided to take on the older children in the Mini-Orange competition (all this, having Walked the Wight in the morning!). The orange competition saw great performances from Lacey Matthews (Ryde Mead) and Eliot Glaysher (Guildford), however Dexter and Jevon Dry (Ryde Mead/Portsmouth) came through unbeaten to contest the final. Jevon produced a wonderful performance in the final, showing great progress from the Spring competition, beating (a slightly tired looking!) Dexter in straight sets.
Another child showing true endurance and determination on the day was Jake Scrimshaw (Ryde Lawn). Jake came straight from a victorious man-of-the match performance in an IOW Football Cup Final to play. Looked shattered before he had even started Jake showed why he regularly wins tournaments, progressing to the final unbeaten. Jake played Elias Ahmed (Ryde Mead) in the final. Elias was also unbeaten going into the final, a great effort for a child who has only been playing tennis for 12 months. However Jake mustered up enough energy to beat Elias 10 – 5, 10 – 6.
The IOW Mini-Tennis Championships will be held on Sunday July 4th, entry forms are now available, please contact Tom Lyons on 07788984333.
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