THERE were around 200 tennis balls tossed, volleyed and thrashed at Linlithgow Tennis Club last weekend.
The Linlithgow Junior Open 2012, sponsored by INEOS and West Lothian Council, attracted 85 players from across Scotland, taking part in 79 singles matches, running from Friday to Sunday.
Matches were played over six courts at Linlithgow Tennis Club, Linlithgow Leisure Centre and the Academy. Court time was at a premium with matches played until 9pm and competition secretary Ashley Mears was pleased with the high number of entries, particularly in the under 12, 14 and 16 boys’ events, which saw players making their way through five rounds to reach the finals.
Linlithgow players gave some outstanding performances with Andrew Stevens winning the under 18 boys title defeating number one seed Neil Thomson-Mitchell in a tie-break finishing 2-6, 6-4, 10-0.
Unseeded Calum Bowmaker from Bo’ness won his way through to the under 12 final in a strong field of 28, losing only to the number one seed, Jed Alexander of Perth. In the under 16 boys, Ruaridh Owens was runner-up to last year’s 14U winner, Cameron Ritchie of Kinnoull. Ten-year-old Sammy Ralston reached the semi final of the 12U boys, while Julia Stevens was a semi finalist in the 16U girls.
Referee Tracey McKinlay (Corstorphine TC) congratulated the high standard of play, and Linlithgow Tennis Club thanked the 24 volunteers and all those who made the event a great success. The final results were as follows -
12U boys: 1 Jed Alexander (Perth) 2 Calum Bowmaker (Linlithgow); 14U boys: 1 Matthew Forrest (Dunfermline) 2 Alan Macnamee (Glasgow); 16U boys: 1 Cameron Ritchie (Kinnoull) 2 Ruaridh Owens (Linlithgow); 16U girls: 1 Arietta Managiello (Kinnoull) 2 Sophie Macbrayne (Melrose); 18U boys: 1 Andrew Stevens (Linlithgow) 2 Neil Thomson-Mitchell (Linlithgow).