On a glorious, if rather too hot for tennis, summer’s day Chesham Bois finals took place on Sunday 8th July with some 40 matches played in front of an enthusiastic crowd of relatives, friends and club members.
In the men’s events the open singles title was won by Petro Stoian who, despite having already played two matches proved too strong for Geoff Green winning in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. Petro had started the day with the mixed event with his partner Julie Moan. They were up against the reigning champions Stuart Foster and Adriana Day who showed yet again why they hold the title winning a hard fought match 6-3, 6-3.
The match of the day turned out to be the open men’s doubles where the holders Stuart Foster and Geoff Cook were pitted against Petro Stoian and Paul Vicary, Men’s Club Captain, playing in his first ever final. This proved to be a long and hard fought event with the holders taking the first set 6-3 and looking on course to retain their title. But Petro and Paul fought back to take a tight tiebreaker 7-6 and the final two set 7-5 with Petro finishing the match with a smash and a whoop of joy!
The open ladies singles event featured two of our younger members and Millie Day a remarkable talent, ranked one in the county and 25 in the UK, who, at only 12, showed her potential with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Ellie Clark the previous year’s champion. This added to her U16 success in both the singles and also the mixed doubles partnered by Ollie Pemberton.
In the doubles Head Coach Jo Head teamed up with Chloe Salloux another 12 year old to defeat Jane Morris and Ann Witter 6-2, 6-2 again showing the potential of our younger players.
In the veteran’s events Jonathan Grant retained his title beating Paul Matthews 6-0, 6-3 and Pat Lau secured the Ladies title with her win over Nikki McGrath 6-2, 6-1. The 60+ event saw Kevin Walshaw celebrate reaching 60 by scoring a resounding 6-0, 6-2 win over Peter Henry.
In the veteran’s doubles Stuart Foster again playing with Geoff Cook won the title for a fourth successive year with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Andy Pearce and Paul Clark and in a repeat of last year’s match Ann Witter and John Bleakley retained their title in a hard fought contest 6-4, 6-4 against Alison and Geoff Williams. In the Ladies doubles again we had a repeat of last year’s finalists, however the result was reversed with Yanjie Wang and Julie Moan achieving a 6-4, 6-3 over the holders Alison Williams and Caroline Adams.
The strength of its juniors is a measure of the health of a club and with 20 finals played Chesham Bois is looking good with both Millie Day and Chloe Salloux winning senior titles.
The trophy ceremony, compered by the Tennis Chair Karen Flanagan, commenced with the presentation of the The Keith Dewick Sportsmanship Award, chosen by the members, to Geoff Green by Keith’s widow Ann Dewick.
Many thanks to those members who provided refreshments which were clearly well received as the honesty box made £94 for the clubs funds.
Finally a huge vote of thanks must go to Alison Williams for the fantastic effort and determination that was necessary to manage a successful tournament, especially in getting the men to play their matches (nearly) on time!
A similar level of thanks are due to Yanjie Wang for the amazing job she did in running the junior events.