Sunday 13 November saw the first ever adult 1-day singles competition held at the Heron Tennis Centre. Sanctioned by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), 1-day match-plays for juniors are common throughout Cornwall and the country whereas similar events for adults have been lacking!
The event, believed to be the first in Cornwall, attracted 8 adult and teenage competitors from Heron and other clubs, desperate to improve their singles play and compete against other like-minded players. Some were motivated to develop their game, others were motivated to try to win and thus improve their LTA rating.
The event was held indoors in Heron’s dome as well as on the outside courts. Conditions outside were dry with swirling winds making playing difficult. It truly was a case of who moved and danced the best and who watched the ball the closest when players had their outdoor matches!
The quarter finals commenced after all players and people in Heron’s Courtside Café observed the 2 minutes silence for Remembrance Sunday. Following sign-in and players receiving their complimentary jelly babies and energy drinks, the quarter final line up saw: Tim Marter beat Nick Jones after he craftily exposed Nick’s weaker back-hand; Paul Rees conceding his match to Will Dixon in the second set after winning the first despite his knee injury; and Jack Bright’s upset of John Camacho. Liam Manning was given a bye after his opponent withdrew before the event.
Tim Marter beat his older, more experienced opponent, Will Dixon, 6-2, 7-5 to progress to the final. Liam Manning beat Jack Bright in the other semi final 6-2, 6-2 in a closely contested match.
In the final, it was Liam Manning who took the prize after beating Tim 6-2, 6-3 to seal a memorable day for the teenager. Liam, a member of Heron’s Ace Academy, was competing in his first event since his hamstring injury.
In the plate event, John Camacho took out Nick Jones without dropping a game in a match that was contested closely despite the scoreline.
Well done to all the competitors for their efforts and congratulations go to Liam Manning!