6:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013
TEENAGE ace Alfie Sylvester saved a match point on his way to capturing his first men’s singles title at Bewdley Tennis Club.
The 17-year-old came from 5-2 down in the second set against last year’s champion Mike Barton to win 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.
But Alfie wasn’t the only Sylvester celebrating.
Mum Mandy defeating her doubles’ partner Alison Rosoman in the ladies singles, sister Nancy saw off Alice Fish to land the under-18s trophy and older brother Jack joined his sibling to defeat Ollie Tombs and Jack Henfield and reclaim the men’s doubles.
Mandy and her husband Jim also took a 13th mixed doubles title against Paul Bennett and Penny Marchant, who had lifted the ladies doubles with Dawn Gumbley in a thrilling encounter against Mandy and Rosoman.
On a busy finals day at the flourishing club there was also success for Jan Ferguson and Ollie Tombs against Liz Horler and Phil Watt in the handicap mixed doubles and victory for Dave Meek against Pete Mauger in the veteran singles.
The mixed veterans doubles was won by Alison and Mike Rosoman who beat Lucy Odell and Meek.
A series of open days and innovative coaching programme has seen the club’s membership level reach an all-time high with a strong junior section.
The strength in depth at the club was reflected in the final summer league positions with the Men’s A team finishing runners-up in Division One and teams C and F also promoted respectively.
The Ladies B and C teams consolidated their positions after going up last year while the Mixed A team will be playing first division tennis next year after finishing runners up in Division Two. Also promoted were the C and D teams.
Club coach Geoff Barrie is also running cardio tennis sessions at the club on Tuesday evenings from 7.15pm and 8.15pm with non-members welcome. For more details call 07838 236691.
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