Spectators were treated to a day of top level tennis matches at the Linlithgow Tennis Club’s championship finals day last Sunday.
The club’s best players competed in singles and doubles finals. Around 100 tennis members had entered the 18 different events and played preliminary rounds over the summer, with only finalists making it to the last day of the competition.
Brothers, Craig and Andrew Stevens battled for the title of men’s champion. Andrew went 3-0 up in the first set but Craig came back with some powerful serving to take the set 6-4. Craig held on to his lead to win the match and the title for the fourth year in a row, with a final score of 6-4, 6-1.
Ian Kirkwood won the men’s over 40 and over 50 titles while the men’s doubles champions were Andrea Pedreschi and Andrew Stevens.
Julia Stevens won the ladies singles title, the under 16 girls singles and under 16 girls doubles with partner Louise Pettigrew. Louise was also runnerup in the ladies’ singles. Ladies 40+ champion was Ashley Mears for the third year running. Ashley was also runner–up in the mixed doubles with Paddy Duffy while the winners were David Bowmaker and Edith McDowall.
Ladies’ doubles winners were Elaine Townsend and Alison Dickson. The tennis committee would like to thank member, Bryan Allam for organising the competition and Life Fit Physiotherapy for sponsoring the event.
Full results were: Singles — men’s, Craig Stevens bt Andrew Stevens 6-4, 6-1; ladies, Julia Stevens bt Louise Pettigrew 6-0, 6-1; Men’s 40+, Ian Kirkwood bt Martin Fleming 6-3, 6-1; Men’s 50+, Ina Kirkwood bt Brian Joy 6-2, 1-6, 10-5; Ladies’ 40+, Ashley Mears (RR winner); Doubles Men’s, Andrew Stevens and Andrea Pedreschi bt Graham Pettigrew and Allan Johnston 6-4, (ret); Ladies’ doubles, Elaine Townsend and Alison Dickson bt Jane Simpson and Sally Bell 2-6, 6-2, 14-12; Mixed doubles, Edith Mcdowall and David Bowmaker bt Ashley Mears and Paddy Duffy 4-6, 6-2, 11-9;
Singles — 16U boys, Ruaridh Owens bt Alexander Ralston 6-1, 6-3; 14U boys, Calum Bowmaker bt Lewis Bowmaker 7-5, 7-5; 12U boys, Lewis Bowmaker bt Calum Bowmaker 7-5, 4-6 (10-6); 16U girls, Julia Stevens bt Rachel Scott 6-0, 6-1; 14U girls, Rachel Scott bt Jasmin Smith 6-4, 6-2; 12U girls, Naomi Branford (RR winner); 10U mixed, Jasmine Smith bt Mark Doran 5-4, 5-3.
Doubles — 16U boys, Ruaridh Owens and Stuart Brown bt Ewan Crail and Ryan Doran, 6-2, 6-1; 14U boys, Sammy Ralston and Calum Lumsden bt Lewis Bowmaker and Zander Bohle 6-7, 7-5, 10-7; 12U boys, Sammy and Zander Bohle bt Lewis Bowmaker and Andrew Graham; 16 girls, Julia Stevens and Louise Pettigrew bt Rachel Scott and Zoe Branford 5-7, 7-6, 10-7.