A sunny Bank Holiday weekend! What more could we have wanted for the Spring Peter Cox Fun Handicap Tournament on Monday 6th May. We had a great turn-out with a full draw of 24 players. There were some very close matches and qualification for the semi-finals from the Round Robin stage was very competitive - 3 players just missed out on qualification by a single game. After 3 tough rounds, Derek Hanby was well ahead of the pack with 19 games won, but 4 players were in the chasing pack, each with 17 games. To decide the semi-final pairings, they had to be separated by a tie-break question (guessing the number of seats in the Roland Garros Court Philippe Chatrier, which according to Wikipedia is 14,840) and they came out in the following order; Ros Clark, Laura Dodington, Mike Williams and Chris Porter. The remaining semi-finalists were; Richard & Elspeth Gracie and Al Clark.
The remaining players could now relax and enjoy their delicious pot-luck lunch in the sunshine whilst they were treated to some exciting tennis. Chris and Mike were too strong for Ros & Elspeth and wrapped up their semi-final 6-1 in short order. In the other semi-final Al & Derek got off to a poor start, going down 0-2, but despite some solid play from Laura & Richard they came back to take the set 6-4.
Chris & Mike's Final seemed to be going the way of their semi. Al held serve in the first game after several deuces and then Chris & Mike took the next 5 games and at 5-1 seemed to have it all sewn up. Al & Derek weren't giving up without a fight however and they hung on in there and fought their way back to 5-5. Derek then held serve to put him & Al 6-5 ahead. The pressure was now on Chris & Mike, but they held their nerve and took it into a tie-break and came out convincing winners 7-4 in the end. A see-saw final that saw each pair have a streak of 5 games in a row. Prizes were presented in the still glorious sunshine - is this a taste of a long hot summer of tennis to come? We hope so.
Chris Porter & Mike Williams defeated Ros Clark & Elspeth Gracie 6-1
Al Clark & Derek Hanby defeated Laura Dodington & Richard Gracie 6-4
Chris Porter & Mike Williams defeated Al Clark & Derek Hanby 7-6 (7-4 in the tie-break)
Champions Chris porter & Mike Williams with the Peter Cox Trophy and prizes
: 7th May 2013 10:20:00