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Surrey.Tennis 2017/2018

A review of all the activities in Surrey Tennis in 2017/2018 Published by Surrey.Tennis


disability Surrey tennis Leading the Way Surrey Hosts Inaugural Wheelchair Event at County Championships he 2017 County Championships were once again a success. But T with the first ever Wheelchair event taking place, the Championships were that bit more memorable. On Thursday 31 August, 8 players from the region took part in the Mixed Singles Competition at Sutton Tennis Academy; 4 in the Open Category and 4 in the Novice Category. The aim from the outset was to ensure that this was a fun event, with friendly competition. And it did not disappoint. Months of preparation had gone in to this event, and once the players started arriving to warm-up and practice, there was a buzz around the courts as the time to get the matches underway was nearing. After the players were officially welcomed by the Tournament Director and Referee, the waiting was finally over and the first matches went on. Each category used a Round Robin, providing players 3 matches over the course of the day. It was refreshing to see how much winning their respective category meant to the players. When we spoke to some of the players, they were telling me how nervous they were as they wanted to do well. For a few, this was their first experience of competition, and they were thriving on the opportunity. As you would expect in tight tennis, fist pumps and personal pep 28 surrey tennis magazine

talks were the order of the day. But this did not stop the matches being played in a great spirit, and the players, win or lose, having a smile on their face. We were treated to some superb tennis, the final match of the day in particular producing some fantastic rallies in the deciding set tiebreak. And at the end of a long, but fun-filled day we had Suzanne Edwards winning the Open Category and Danny Roden winning the Novice Category. Both were thrilled to receive their trophies, and being able to call themselves a County Champion. A big thank you goes to Tournament Director David Fuchs, Referee Tim Pearce and Court Supervisor Kath Lovell for their involvement throughout the day. A special thank you must also go to Disability Head Coach at Sutton, Luke Mulvihill, for his help in planning the event, as well as giving up his time on the day to ensure the event ran smoothly. Sutton Tennis Academy hosted the 2017 County Championships They say time flies when you are having fun, and the feedback from the players suggests that this was something they thoroughly enjoyed. And as a result, some are going to look to take part in more competition in the future, which is great. We hope this will be a regular fixture on the Surrey Tennis calendar, and we look forward to making it a success again next year. The aim from the outset was to ensure that this was a fun event, with friendly competition. And it did not disappoint. surrey tennis magazine 29