Women’s tennis tournament is reborn

PRIORY Tennis Club’s women’s singles tournament was staged for the first time in a number of years to run alongside the annual men’s event.

And the winner of the reborn women’s event was Sarah Pownell who defeated Andrea Cust in the final.

Winner of the men’s event was Josh Byrom who overcame Ciaran Dale in the final.

And the men’s plate went to Brad Denny who defeated Tim Vaughan in that final.

The tournaments were staged in early September with 26 members taking part and the standard of tennis incredibly high.

Women’s winner Sarah Pownell, left, and runner-up Andrea Cust

This was followed by the Geoff Kenworthy Men’s Singles Open which was staged between September 12-18.

Players from local clubs took to the courts to celebrate the third edition of this open tournament in memory of Geoff Kenworthy.

The standard of tennis was again very high with particularly good performances from several of the Priory junior players.

The final was interrupted through rain and postponed to the following Saturday. When play resumed, Chris Czermak defeated Jack Hankey in a close match.

Doubles’ winners Jack Hankey and Ed Seville, left, and runners-up Jonno Seville and Chris Czermak

The most recent event was Priory’s annual men’s and women’s doubles tournaments on Sunday, September 19.

The men’s doubles were won by Jack Hankey and Ed Seville who defeated Chris Czermak and Jonno Seville in the final.

Men’s winner Josh Byrom, left, and runner-up Ciaran Dale

The plate competition went to Nathan Gibbons and Stephen Parkinson who beat Nick Holmes and Mark Judge in the final.

Winners of the women’s doubles were Sarah Pownell and Lisa Woodhead who defeated Vicky Schofield and Andrea Cust in the final.

Janet Davies and Liz Baker overcame Kay Wright and Dennis Hilton in the final of the doubles’ plate, Dennis stepping in to form a mixed pair due to an injury withdrawal.

Another fantastic day of tennis saw 10 pairs of men and seven women compete in the annual Priory doubles tournament.

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