TENNIS players came from miles around, even as far away as the Channel Islands, to compete in the annual Seaford & Blatchington Open Tournament in association with Collins Honda. Gale force winds and torrential rain were endured by the competitors who all showed great spirit to keep playing in such harsh conditions.
Many of our Seaford’s own members competed in both the junior and the adult tournaments which created a lively and friendly atmosphere about the club. Dan Stoner, head coach at Seaford tennis club, was the reigning champion of the men’s competition from last year but was unable to defend his title after being beaten by fellow Seaford first team player, Joey De La Nougerede, in the quarter finals. He finished in an impressive third place.
The chairman of Seaford & Blatchington Tennis Club, Steve Williams, said: “This week has been brilliant; players have come from as far as Jersey to compete, creating a high standard of tennis and, although the weather has been against us, everyone’s positive attitude has given the club a buzzing competition feeling.”
Other results include: Matt Golledge (Seaford’s assistant coach) came second in the Men’s tournament; Rhys Kennedy and Euan Rayner Gray won the 14 & Under Boys’ Doubles; Darrell Spowage came second in the 18 & Under Boys’ Singles Consolation; Richard Everett came fourth in the 18 & Under Boys’ Singles main draw and Adam Williams came third in the same event.
Pictured above, from left to right are: James Alexander Connelly (men’s winner), Steve Williams (club chairman), Matt Golledge (men’s runner up and assistant coach at S&BLTC).