Linkside Tennis Club enjoys junior finals day success as youngsters battle for titles
PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 September 2017
Linkside Tennis Club youngsters battled it out for various titles at the Junior Finals Day on Sunday.
The finals turned out to be highly satisfying day for the club, as a whole host of talented young players were not only playing quality tennis, but doing so in a refreshingly sporting manner at the club in Overton Drive, Wanstead.
It was an enjoyable day for all, and especially for the volunteer umpires Dan Smith, Paul Finch and Darren Lee.
In the eight and under boys and girls final it was a family affair as Thomas Niewczasinski beat his brother Daniel, in a first to 20 points match on a reduced sized court.
On the adjacent court one William Morrison won the 12 and under boys tournament, beating David North in the final, and later on completed a double by playing above his age group to win the 14 and under boys final against Joe Quinn, both in one set matches.
The 10 and under boys and girls winner was Alex Ryan, who triumphed over Lucas Savill in a one set to four games set.
In perhaps the performance of the day another player competing in a higher age group, Seyon Kuhan, overcame Stilyan Kolevski 6-2 in the 16 and under boys final.
Not surprisingly Seyon became the inaugural winner of the club’s ‘Best Junior Player’ award, receiving his trophy along with the other age group champions at the presentation.
The girls 18 and under final was played during the preceding week with Raya Uzunona triumphing over Abby McKinlay in a hard-fought battle.
Uzunona did however get to participate on finals day, by playing in an exhibition match.
The tightest match of the day was the last game when Max Hearne claimed the boys 18 and under title by beating Christopher Duncan in two close sets of 7-5 and 7-6.
Hearne had to survive a set point against him in the second set tie break, but after several deuces was able to close out the match and bag the title.
If you fancy yourself as the next Roger Federer or Serena Williams, or just wish to learn and play at a friendly and welcoming club, visit the club website www.linksidetennis.co.uk for more information on memberships and how to join the club.