Friendly spirit in mixed tennis match

March 31 2020
Friendly spirit in mixed tennis match

THE Winterbourne Tennis Club mixed tennis team had a tough home fixture in the Avon LTA Winter League.

The Winterbourne team were up against very experienced and talented opposition from Knowle Tennis Club, one of the largest in Bristol.

The Winterbourne Men’s pair started keenly, with Dave Goldie and Stuart Rutter putting up a good battle but eventually going down in 2 Straight Sets, 5-7, 4-6.

The Winterbourne Ladies pair Joan and Jo played some long rallies but couldn’t convert the vital deuce points and were defeated by the better Knowle Ladies pair 1-6, 1-6.

Dave and Jo faced difficult opposition in the first mixed match with Knowle, who deployed much spin to the ball and many tricky slice shots. Despite the brave efforts from WTC, they went down 3-6, 3-6.

Stuart & Joan raised their game in the second mixed match and gained more consistency, especially in the serve, and went on to win 6-3, 6-4, which was an unexpected bonus.

Overall Knowle won the match 8-2, but Winterbourne managed to gain a valuable 2 points from very skilful opposition and a much bigger club.

It was pleasing to see the matches were played in a very friendly spirit and the two teams enjoyed tea and biscuits after the game in the WTC clubhouse.

On March 8 Winterbourne Tennis Club put on a Mother’s Day fun day for the second year running. The event was brought forward to an earlier date, due to people having prior commitments on Mother’s Day itself.

Arranged by a committee club member and LTA tennis coach Rachel Cockcroft, the event was well attended by seasoned players as well as those wanting to try their hand at tennis for the first time. Two-year-old Emily Swales was the youngest child to attend with her mum Laura, who herself is a league player at WTC. Fortunately the weather played along and the few light showers did not dampen anybody's enthusiasm. Everybody had a super fun day playing tennis, taking part in games and enjoying the refreshments throughout.

Rachel’s famous cupcakes, as always, went down a treat. No formal matches were played but everybody agreed that the event was a great success.

For more information about WTC please contact coach Imed Hamrouni by calling 07459 636436 or emailing imedhamrouni@msn.com.

Joan Ward