This is an annual mixed doubles tournament for club members.
14 pairs entered the tournament and were divided into 2 leagues of 7 pairs each. Each pair played a set against the other 6 pairs in their group. Points were awarded on a league basis with winners of each group playing the final and second place in each group having a playoff for third place.
The weather was very windy, making playing conditions challenging, although it was the same for all pairs.
In the first league, Megan O’Connor & Brendan Wilde and Suzie Newman & Nick Mason won all their sets, but then in the final league match had to play each other with a place in the final at stake. Megan & Brendan won a tight set 6-2.
The second group was also very close with two pairs (Carole Boulton & Malcolm Worster and Jo Hargreaves & Felix Boyes) winning 5 out of 6 sets. The winner of the group was ultimately decided on count back of game scores in each set. Carole & Malcolm finally topped the group by a whisker.
The final was played on the main show court. Megan & Brendan ultimately proved too strong for Carole & Malcolm and won 6-3, 6-2. This was the third consecutive year they have won the tournament.
The play off for third place was another close encounter: Jo & Felix beat Suzie & Nick 6-2, 7-6 (10-8 in a nail-biting tie break).
This was a thoroughly enjoyable tournament. 46 sets of tennis were played including 435 games across 6 courts. Detailed records were not kept of the countless cups of tea and coffee, biscuits and slices of cake that were consumed.