Young tennis talent shining at Storrington

More than 100 young players picked up their tennis racquets to take part in this year’s junior tournament at Storrington Lawn Tennis Club.

Flynn Mitchell (right) with Logan Bridgman

The annual event attracted players from clubs across the area, including Billingshurst, Slinfold and Steyning, whose youngsters are all coached by members of Storrington-based Matthews Tennis Coaching.

Although the players battled wind and rain on one day, most of the week-long tournament benefited from glorious sunshine. Only the traditional homemade cakes and refreshments were missing from the popular annual event.

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“It was great to see all the courts back in use and the junior players really enjoying their tennis,” said head coach Nigel Matthews.

Stuart Li-Tremble (left) with Archie Stokoe

“We’re lucky enough to have nine courts at Storrington and three different playing surfaces so it’s the perfect setting to host a tournament like this.

“Throughout the six days, 358 matches were played. The matches were competitive but friendly and the players were able to socially distance, tapping racquets at the net rather than shaking hands.

“Major winners included Stuart Li-Tremble who competed in four events and won all four, and Flynn Mitchell, who won three of the four events he entered, including the U12s and U14s singles titles.

“All in all it was a really successful week of tennis and we’re really looking forward to getting back to running a full programme of coaching this September.”

Results: 8Us mixed singles: Alice Blakely 10-7 Chloe Kalbassi 10Us mixed singles: Leo Hardwick Walkover Gigi Kalbassi 12Us boys’ singles: Flynn Mitchell 6-1 6-1 v Logan Bridgman 12Us boys’ doubles: Lawrence Bates & Lawrence Poulton 6-2 7-5 Locs Mckenzie & Flynn Mitchell 14Us girls’ singles: Leila Amir-Ebrahimi 6-1 6-2 Victoria Griffin 14Us boys’ singles: Flynn Mitchell 6-1 6-1 Zack Bull 14U boys’ doubles: Lucas Bell & Flynn Mitchell 7-6 6-2 Thomas Blakely & Rourke Poulton 16Us girls’ singles: Leila Amir-Ebrahimo 5-0 ret. Alyssia Brown 16Us boys’ singles: Travis Tiplady 6-1 6-1 George Philpot 16U girls’ doubles: Leila Amir-Ebrahimi & Alyssia Brown 6-2 6-2 Issy Hobden & Lulu James 18U boys’ singles Stuart Li-Tremble 6-3 6-4 Oliver Stokoe 18U boys’ doubles: Max Hughes & Sebastian Searle-Donoso 6-0 6-3 v George Philpot & Davey Prothero 21U Women’s singles: Maddie Graham 7-6 6-0 Sophie Kitson 21U Men’s singles: Stuart Li-Tremble 6-2 6-1 Oliver Pepper 21U Women’s doubles: Maddie Graham & Ruby Lane 6-2 6-3 Olivia Falkner & Emily Sheehan 21U Men’s doubles: Archie Stokoe & Finbar Tellwright 6-1 6-2 Oliver Pepper & Fred Snelgrove 21U mixed doubles: Ruby Lane & Stuart Li-Tremble Maddie Graham & Matt Langley Women’s singles: Rebecca Farrow 6-2 6-2 Sophie Kitson Men’s singles: Stu Li-Tremble 6-3 6-3 David Wakefield.