Linlithgow youngsters shine at junior open tournament

Linlithgow Tennis Club's Alex Ralston and Julia Stevens
Linlithgow Tennis Club's Alex Ralston and Julia Stevens
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More that 70 young players competed in the Junior Open tennis tournament recently hosted by Linlithgow Tennis Club.

But it was local youngsters Alexander Ralston (15) and Julia Stevens (16) who gave Linlithgow plenty to cheer about when they reached their tournament finals.

Alexander won the 16 and under boys singles while Julia was runner up in the 16 and under singles.

The tournament attracted 77 talented tennis players from across Scotland, coming from as far afield as Banchory and Newton Stewart to compete in the annual three-day event, where play continued past 9pm under floodlights over two nights to accommodate the full schedule of matches.

Alexander, the tennis club’s current 16u boys’ champion, was the number one seed in the 16u boys draw and had little trouble making his way through five rounds of matches to win the 16u title. He dropped only nine games on the way, defeating third seed Scott Hamilton, from Broughty Ferry, in the final with a score of 6-2, 6-2.

Julia exceeded expectations by winning the 16u girls semi-final against number two seed, Sophie Macbrayne (Melrose), 6-3, 6-3. However, she lost out to number one seed Aoife Aitken, of Montrose, in the final 6-0, 6-2.

The club’s Calum Bowmaker (12) also gave a strong performance, reaching the 14u boys semi-finals, while Sammy Ralston, 2013 title-holder of the 12u boys singles, had to withdraw from the 14u event this year due to injury.