High standard at tourney

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RECENTLY a total of 55 members took part in Arbroath Lawn tennis Club’s annual tournament at Arbirlot Road.

There were 17 events held for players of all ages and standards. Despite some shocking weather throughout the week all of the events were completed by Sunday evening.

The Gents’ Open Singles final was between top seed Alan Green and second seed Graham Crabb. Alan had had won through to the final with comprehensive victories against Michael Fairlie and Kevin Small. Graham, on the other hand, had two long three-set matches en-route to the final defeating David Voigt and Liam Curry.

In the final it soon became clear that Alan would be in complete control. Alan was just too powerful and raced away in to a 3-0 lead. Graham rallied briefly, but Alan soon closed out the first set 6-2. The second set took on a similar pattern with Graham drawing level at 2-2 only for Alan to step up a gear and race away with the set, and the match, 6-2, 6-2. This was Alan’s fifth singles title win and first since 2008.

In the Gents’ Singles Plate, unfortunately David Wood had to concede to Kerr Feighan after only a few games due to injury.

The Ladies’ Open singles final saw top seed and defending champion Ellen Watson up against second seed Angela Crabb. Angela was looking to avenge last year’s defeat in the semi-final to Ellen.

Angela started the match well racing to a 5-2 lead. Ellen then fought back to 5-4 before Angela held her nerve to close out the set 7-6. Ellen then completely controlled the second set winning it by 6-2. This then set up a tense final set with the lead changing hands several times. Finally, after two hours and 15 minutes, on her third match point, Angela won the set and the match 8-6. This was Angela’s 12th singles title, the first of which was won back in 1985.

The Gents’ Over-35 Singles saw Graham Crabb play Ronnie Edwards in the final. Graham had defeated Len Jukes in his semi-final, while Ronnie had won in a close contest against David Wood.

Graham started well and led 4-1 and 5-2 before Ronnie fought back to 5-4. Graham managed to edge the set 6-4 and then never really looked back. With the help of a few net cords Graham took the second set and the match 6-0. This was Graham’s fourth Over-35 title.

The Ladies’ Over-35 singles final was between Angela Crabb and Jan Fairlie. Although Jan tried very hard she was no match for Angela who ran out a comfortable winner by two sets to nil, 6-0, 6-3. This was Angela’s sixth Over-35s success.

Sam Keillor and Michael Fairlie both had to fight their way through some gruelling matches to reach the final of the Gents’ Handicap Singles. Sam, in particular, had some long matches, one of them, against Kerr Feighan, needing to be played over three days!

In the final it looked like the handicap was going to prove too much for Michael – who was playing off of -30 every game. Sam raced through the first set without losing a game. Michael then found a bit of form and went 4-1 up in the second set. He was not able to hold on to this lead, however, and Sam shaded the set 6-4 to win the title.

In the Ladies’ Handicap Singles, there was an epic encounter between Erin Moir and Jan Fairlie. Jan finally won a thrilling three-set match 7-5 in the third set. The match took two-and-a-half hours in total and could have gone either way.

The top two seeds met in the Boys’ Under-16 final. Liam Curry was looking for his third singles title and faced second seed George Fairlie. Liam and George had played a day earlier in the Gents’ Open Singles and Liam had edged a high quality match 7-6, 7-6. In this final, George raced to a 3-0 lead, but could not sustain his advantage. Liam fought back to win the first set 6-4 and won the match fairly comfortably by winning the second set 6-3.

The Boys’ Singles Plate final was between Cameron Owens and newcomer Daniel Stephen. Both boys played well but Cameron was to prove too strong holding out for a 6-3, 6-2 win.

The Gents’ Handicap Doubles saw some of the most entertaining games of the tournament. David Wood and Kevin Small edged their way through to the final with a very tight victory over Ronnie Edwards and Colin Keillor. Kerr Feighan and George Fairlie won through to the final with a 10-8 epic third set win over Len Jukes and Liam Curry.

The final itself lasted around two hours with David and Kevin finally shading the match 8-6 in the final set.

The Ladies’ Doubles final was between Kim Keillor and Jane O’Mara who were up against Nina Ledlie and Alison Moir. The handicap proved to be just too much for Nina and Alison as Kim and Jane won the final in two closely fought sets.

The Mixed Handicap Doubles saw several rounds played on the final Sunday due to a backlog of fixtures. Sam Keillor and Ellen Watson won a gruelling three-set semi-final against Mal Adam and Yolande Smart and then had to carry straight on with the final against Greg Morrison and Alison Moir. In the final – which was Ellen’s third consecutive match – it was close but Sam and Ellen managed to close out a well deserved victory in straight sets.

The Adult and Child Doubles final was, once again, a big family affair with Alison Moir and son Drew up against husband Gary and daughter, Kristi .

This was a very close match which, thankfully, never ended up in any domestic issues! Alison and Drew held their nerve to take the title 9-7.

The Under-13 competition saw holder Scott Milne up against Ben O’Mara. Ben was to show how much he has improved over the last year by defeating Scott in straight sets.

This was to be the first of Ben’s victories on finals day as he also defeated Calvin Wood in the final of the Under-10s.

Both Under-10 and Under-13 events had been played on a round-robin basis throughout the week with the top four in each playing semi-finals and then finals.

The Most Promising Beginner was Daniel Stephen.

The Player of the Tournament was Jan Fairlie.

Shields were also presented to those who played in the Junior Super League team – which won the title for the fifth time in the Club’s history – and the second time in a row. Those presented were Jonny O’Mara, Liam Curry, George Fairlie, Kerr Feighan and Scott Newell.

The prizes were presented by Amy Crabb and Grace Hayes-Reekie.