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Chatteris Tennis Club celebrate sport they love with Rickwood Cup mixed doubles revival

In glorious sunshine members of all age and abilities at Chatteris Tennis Club enjoyed a day of celebration of tennis; the sport they love.

The day commenced with the Rickwood Cup mixed doubles tournament, which hasn’t featured on the club calendar for over a decade.

Reformatted by event organiser Dave Wing, the 36 participants each played three round robin sets with a different partner, varying in ability from the best players in the club, to some who are about to embark on coaching, using all four hard courts now available.

Shona Kent, Michael Graves, Jonni Henson.(16056377)
Shona Kent, Michael Graves, Jonni Henson.(16056377)

Watched by over 70, spectators including both the club’s honorary vice-presidentsJenny Mandley, the longest-serving member and Enid Grainger, past secretary and treasurer.

It concluded with a final contested by the best performing two ladies and two men. Winners were Shona Kent, club secretary and ladies A team member, and Jonni Henson (pictured), men’s A team member.

In the final, Jonni was watched with keen interest by his mum Carol, his dad Trevor, who he’d beaten earlier in a round robin, his wife and his young son and Liam Garcia, who so recently took his record of being the youngest member to have played in a league match.

Cindy Burnley with Dave Wing. (16056375)
Cindy Burnley with Dave Wing. (16056375)

Runners-up were Cindy Burnley (above, with Dave Wing) and Liam Malone, both regular league team players for the club. The day, which ended in a barbecue, also raised funds towards floodlighting of the two new courts, for which planning permission is currently being sought.

Prior to the presentation of the trophies by club president, Michael Graves, Dave Wing thanked everyone for coming and paid tribute to the whole committee, which is entirely volunteer run and financed.

He particularly acknowledged the contribution made in recent years by club secretary, Shona Kent, publicity officer and fund raising co-ordinator, Karen Barwell, and chairman/treasurer Simon Grainger.

Dave dedicated the day to the celebration the following day of the 40th anniversary of when he had married his late wife, Julie, and both had enjoyed a lifelong passion for tennis and membership of CTC.

He said: “Nobody would be have been happier to witness what everyone has enjoyed today; Chatteris Tennis Club, a club for all irrespective of age or ability.”

For further information please visit www.chatteristennis.com

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