Finals were held for summer competitions as well as several of the delayed winter handicap matches. It made for a bustling day of tennis, .
“It was great to see so many players on the courts and there were some very entertaining, competitive matches played, reflecting yet again an impressive year on year improvement in standard especially amongst our younger finalists,” said Billingshurst LTC chairman Richard Cordy.
“Lockdown was hard for everyone but we worked hard to get the club open as soon as we were given the go ahead by the Lawn Tennis Association. The courts have been constantly in use ever since, which has been great to see.”
Earlier this year, the club was awarded the prestigious Tennis Sussex Club of the Year 2019 accolade, which is decided following receipt of the nominations by the members, and the wider public.
“It’s obviously been a strange time to be club of the year, especially not being able to play for so many weeks during lockdown,” added Richard. “But we’re back up and running and we’ve got lots of sessions going on for players of all levels and abilities, as well as several teams entering the county league events.”
Along with a successful training programme for juniors, which has seen several juniors selected for county training squads, there are sessions for adult beginners and improvers, as well as individual coaching and fun club evenings. The club is also keen to attract new players to compete for Billingshurst in the league matches.
“We were really proud to be named club of the year and it’s down the hard work of committee members, coaching staff, and our loyal members,” said Richard.
Results - Winter Mixed Handicap Doubles: Sue Trinder & David Woodley 6-2 6-4 Shirley Cook & Peter Wettler; Winter Men’s Handicap Singles: Chris Goodier 6-2 6-2 Joseph Tiplady; Winter Men’s Handicap Doubles: Chris Goodier & David Woodley 6-2 6-4 Tom Barrington & Matt Comerford; Summer Men’s Singles: Oliver Pepper 3-6 6-1 6-4 Travis Tiplady; Summer Ladies Singles: Olivia Falkner 6-3 6-0 Emily Sheehan; Summer Men’s Plate: Matt Lee 7-5 2-6 1-0 Lewis Chambers; Summer Jo Pratt: Sophie Moss 6-2 6-2 Bea Horvath; Summer Men’s Doubles: Richard Bown & Oliver Pepper 6-0 6-0 Tom Barrington & George Laing; Summer Ladies Doubles: Olivia Falkner & Emily Sheehan 6-0 6-1 Angie Gooda & Liz Smith; Summer Mixed Doubles: Oliver Pepper & Emily Sheehan 6-2 7-6 Richard Bown & Fi Machell.