Linkside tennis club enjoy a successful tournament with Pagano coming out on top

PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 September 2018

Marco Pagano in action at Linkside tennis club (Pic: Tim Reder)

Marco Pagano in action at Linkside tennis club (Pic: Tim Reder)


Inspired by the US Open and following a successful open tournament in July, Linkside Tennis Club held their annual Veterans Tournament finals on the weekend.

Angela Shea, Rae Potter, Ophelia Soares and Carole Duncan (Pic: Tim Reder)Angela Shea, Rae Potter, Ophelia Soares and Carole Duncan (Pic: Tim Reder)

The Overton Drive tennis club, in Wanstead, hosted the tournament for gentlemen aged 45 and over and ladies aged 40 and over.

Marco Pagano bagged a treble of winners’ awards with Rae Potter and Angela Shea both picking up a brace, while Steve Polkingbourne picking up a singular winners’ medal, after he partnered Pagano in the men’s doubles.

On Saturday afternoon current ladies’ veterans and open singles champion Rae Potter retained her title overcoming Misa Corlett 6-1, 6-4 in the final of that category.

Paul Miller, who had made it to the gentleman’s singles final the hard way by beating two previous champions, Steve Polkinghorne and Andy Willis could not continue his impressive form against Marco Pagano.

Pagano, eligible to play in his first veterans tournament this year, won the singles title in impressive style 6-1, 6-2.

A windy and hot sunny Sunday afternoon was the setting for Angela Shea and Rae Potter to take the Ladies Veterans doubles trophy away from current holders of both the open and veterans titles Carole Durcan and Ophelia Soares 6-2, 6-3.

New partnerships in the Gentleman’s doubles resulted in Pokinghorne pairing up with Pagano to beat Willis and Geraint Fox in an entertaining and competitive match 6-1, 6-7 (2-7 in the tie break) and 6-4.

The final match of the weekend saw Pagano pick up the treble as he combined this time with Shea to come back from 5-2 in the second set and win the mixed title 7-5, 7-5 against Potter, also playing her third final of the weekend, and Fox.

The tournament organiser Ophelia was keen to thank all the spectators, umpires, and members who helped make the tournament a resounding success.

Next up at the club is Junior Finals Day on Saturday, October, 6 and a Handicaps Tournament on Sunday, November, 4.

Linkside Tennis Club offers junior and adult coaching and welcomes new competitive and social players throughout the year.

Visit the club website at for further information on memberships and how to join the club.

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