Tennis Club Host Biggest Club Championships

Henley Tennis Club held a record-breaking Club Championship finals day on Saturday with 30 finalists competing for 12 competition categories it was  all to play for.

The day, as with every club, was organised by the committee which is a group of volunteers giving up their free time.  They did not disappoint the grounds and courts looked immaculate and the club areas set perfectly for families and spectators to enjoy the lovely hospitality.

This year the club saw its first Junior finals and what better way to start the day off with the future stars the U8s, who wowed the early crowd with some outstanding tennis.  You would not have known all five players were competing in their first ever competition.  Elliot Banwell, Ollie Conway-Hughes, Archie Conway-Hughes, Otto Sheldon and Cooper Lynch all deserve a mention.  However, there had to be one winner which came down to Elliot Banwell who won all 4 of his matches beating Archie in the decider 14-9.  Our other Junior events saw Sebastian Sheldon in two finals the U10s against Shanaya Yasin and U14s against Ayden Yasin. Sebastian coming through in both finals and once again the standard of tennis on display showed many members the future of the club.  One of the senior team players was over heard commenting “I have just seen the future…and I’m not in it.”  The U18s Boys and Girls finished off the Junior Finals with closely fought matches.  Tom Francis defeated Oliver Hewes in a tight two-setter 7-6, 6-4 and Flo Wakely coming through 3 sets against Millie Hallam to win 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.  With the Juniors showing the future it was over the adults to deliver and they did just that!

Starting off with the Vets Doubles alongside the Men’s doubles both matches competitive and although closely fought the score lines showed a story which did not reflect the games in play. The Vets finished with Peter Fennelly and Chris Aspen defeating Jeremy Wright and Dominic Scott 6-4, 6-4 and the Men Doubles saw James Cudd and David Hunte defeat Max Miles-Thomas & Robert Friend 6-3, 6-2.  The Men’s doubles plate showed some great new players for the club Tom Raynor and Simon Perry coming out victorious over Peter Fennelly and Nick Hudec and in the Mixed Doubles family duo Verity Hallam and Matthew Hallam came through a very close final against James Cudd and Pam Saker.  Following the doubles, came the Men’s Singles Plate, Women Singles and the eagerly anticipated Men’s Singles.  In the Men’s Plate Christopher Ward defeated Paul Ulrich 6-3, 6-4. In the Women’s event which was going to produce a new champion for the first time in two years following the defeat of Natalie Wakefield, Beatrice Friend won in superb fashion against Pam Saker 6-2, 6-0.  The Men’s Final was a repeat of last year Max Miles-Thomas against Tom Scott both players had come through the previous rounds in relentless fashion.  The final did not disappoint Max Miles-Thomas clinched the opening set in a tense 6-3. Before Tom Scott restored some composure to take the second 6-1.  The opening of the third set gripped everyone watching as the players threw everything at each other and the second game was a reflection of their efforts with well over 8 deuces.  Max won that second game and came out as the eventual winner of the game resisting everything Tom had to throw at him to win the tiresome match 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.

The Club Chairman Colin Main said “The standard of tennis at the club over the last two to three years since Tom has come in as head coach is at an exceptional level.  To see the club thriving with so many finalists today and over 60 people supporting is wonderful.  This could not have been done without the support and hard work of all the club volunteers who themselves are members of this great club.”

Head Coach Tom Scott added, “The Finals day was a huge success. It is lovely to see so many players competing for the first time, in front of so many spectators. As Colin said the standard of play at the club is very high and the club is thriving. Huge congratulations to all our members that have taken part in this year’s finals. I would also like to thank Colin, the committee, Dan Barr, Simon Perry and finally my wife Jess Scott who helped make this event such a memorable one.”

All results

U8 – Elliot Banwell def. Archie Conway Hughes 14-9

U10 Mixed – Sebastian Sheldon def. Shanaya Yasin 4-1

U14 Boys – Sebastian Sheldon def. Ayden Yasin

U18 Boys Singles – Tom Francis vs Oliver Hewes 7-6, 6-4

U18 Girls Singles –Flo Wakeley def. Millie Hallam 6-2, 3-6

Vets Doubles – Peter Fennelly & Chris Aspen def. Jeremy Wright & Dominic Scott 6-4, 6-4

Men Singles Plate – Christopher Ward def. Paul Ulrich 6-3, 6-4

Men Doubles Plate – Simon Perry & Tom Raynor def. Peter Fennelly & Nick Hudec 7-5, 6-3

Men Doubles – James Cudd & David Hunte def. Max Miles-Thomas & Rob Friend 6-3, 6-2

Mixed Doubles – Verity Hallam & Matthew Hallam def Pam Saker & James Cudd 7-5, 6-2

Women Singles – Beatrice Friend def. Pam Saker 6-2, 6-0

Men Singles – Max Miles- Thomas def. Tom Scott 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

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