Sunday 27th September saw the finals’ day for the girls’ and boys’ singles tennis tournaments. A sharp northerly wind raced across the rec towards the courts and the spectators mourned the absence of the usual tea coffee and cakes. The players, though, adapted their styles to cope with the conditions and the girls’ final, contested over the best of three sets, saw some beautiful strokes from both of the Amin girls. Olive emerged the winner 6-0, 6-1, though Maizie has surely laid claim to the title in the next few years. The boys’ semi-finals took place on the same day, over one set, with Lawrence Bates winning over Jasper Steyn in the first and Theo Longman battling it out with last year’s winner, Joseph Steyn in the second. These boys played an intriguing match, mixing up their shots and taking advantage of the headwind to drop shot their opponent. In the end Theo emerged the winner and went on to face Lawrence over the best of three sets in the final. Theo continued with some clever ball placement but in the end Lawrence’s baseline strokes, which seemed to magically fall just inside the baseline, were the determining factor. Lawrence is certainly our youngest ever winner and too many more boys’ victories will see him rapidly promoted to the senior tournament! Well done to all of our competitors.
Girls’ winner Olive Amin
Boys’ finalists Lawrence Bates (winner) and Theo Longman