Success for Holly Drew and Arielle Fitkin in County Cup!

The 123rd Summer County Cup event took place last week at 13 different grass court venues across the country. The Men’s team played in Cheltenham in Group 6 and the Ladies in North Oxford in Group 7. Each day consists of 9 doubles matches against another county. At the end of the week the top two counties get promoted and the bottom two are relegated. On Day 1 the ladies had a tight match against Cumbria running out winners 5-4. Day 2 saw a comprehensive 9-0 against the Isle of Man and Day 3 7-2 v Northamptonshire, putting the Cornish ladies top of their box. This meant a play-off with Dorset, Suffolk and Cumbria for the top two spots. So far Alisa Cole (Bath University) and Nadia Rawson (Loughborough University) had won nine out of nine matches. Unfortunately Alisa was unable to stay the whole week so on Day 4 India Rojano the captain switched the pairings up and put 15 year old Holly Drew (Redruth & Penzance) with Nadia. This proved a formidable combination winning all their games, despite the 35 degree heat. Sadly however, Dorset proved too strong for Cornwall and beat them 6-3. Cornwall went into the final day needing a win against Suffolk. Holly and Nadia started off with a win as did Sarah Arnold (Redruth) and Imogen Harry (NTC London) putting Cornwall 2-1 up after the first round. Nadia was playing for a place on the coveted 15 out of 15 Club Roll of Honour having not lost a match yet. Unfortunately the Suffolk no 1 pair proved too strong for the Cornish no 1s beating them 6-4 6-4. Arielle Fitkin (Penzance & Warwick University) and India Rojano (Wadebridge) won their first match of the day to make it 3 all going into the last round. Both no 1 pairs respectively won their last rounds comfortably against the opposite no 3 pairs, leaving it all down to Arielle & captain India to battle for the win, second place in the group and promotion to Group 6. They lost a nail-biting first set in the tie break and won the second 7-5, taking it right down to the wire. The Cornish pair proved too strong in the deciding set winning it 6-4 and with it promotion for next year. Congratulations Cornwall Ladies on a tough fought victory. Cornwall Men had a tougher week winning against Gloucestershire but losing to Staffordshire, Oxfordshire, Devon & Shropshire and finishing in the bottom two of their group and will therefore be relegated to Group 7 next year.Photo: Holly Drew, Sarah Arnold, Arielle Fitkin, Niamh Snell, Imogen Harry, Nadia Rawson, India Rojano (capt), Anya Gough (missing from photo Alisa Cole)....

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Photo Gallery from Penzance 70th Open Tournament

What a fantastic week for our 70th Open Tournament! Despite rain early in the week our fantastic referee Steve Wynn kept the matches going so we didn’t fall behind. There was superb tennis throughout the week from all our entrants including our youngest entrants aged 15 to our oldest entrant, Mario at 83! Thanks to those players who visited us from Essex, Kent, Oxford, Southampton, London and Derbyshire! Some have been visiting us for over 20 years and have become old friends! Thanks to Des Hosken and his tournament committee for organising a fabulous week of great tennis, fantastic entertainment and of course amazing food from Mel, Sylvia and the team. Results are as follows along with photos: Mixed Doubles – Mats and Summer Colling and Freddie Chapman and Daisy Stone Winners Mats and Summer Colling Runner Up Daisy Chapman Mens Handicap Doubles – Mike Fahie-Wilson, Dan Sanderson, Winners John Coleman, Dave Lambe Winner John Coleman (& Partner Dave Lambe) Runners Up Dan Sanderson (& Partner Mike Fahie-Wilson) Mens Senior O’55 Doubles – Joe O’Flaherty & Brian Roberts & Winners Dave Murthwaite & Claudio Domizi Winners Dave Murthwaite and Claudio Domizi Ladies Handicap Doubles – Hester Luke & Sue Nash and winners Holly Drew & Eleanor Nobbs Winners Eleanor Nobbs & Holly Drew Runners Up – Hester Luke & Sue Nash Ladies Senior Doubles – Sarah Ball & Cally Flinders & Winners Kim Buffham & Esther Symmonds Runners Up – Cally Flinders & Esther Symmonds Men’s Handicap Singles – Winner Dan Sanderson & Sam Chesher Winner Dan Sanderson Runner Up – Sam Chesher Ladies Handicap Singles – Winner Daphne Luke & Hester Luke Runner Up – Hester Luke Mens Singles Section One – Winner Simon Cannon & Conor McCormack Winner – Simon Cannon Mens Singles – Anthony Weingarten and Winner Nick Peters Winner Nick Peters Runner Up – Anthony Weingarten Ladies Singles – Winner Daisy Chapman & Eleanor Nobbs Winner Daisy Chapman Runner Up – Eleanor Nobbs Mens Senior Doubles – Winners Claudio Domizi & Roberto Dimizi & Brian Roberts & Dave Lambe Ladies Senior O’55 Doubles – Bryn Heale & Gill Sanderson & Winners Sarah Ball & Marg Rimmer Runners Up – Bryn Heale & Gill Sanderson Mens Doubles – Runners Up Mats Colling & Anthony Weingarten and Winners Will Heard & Jake Horton Winners – Will Heard & Jake Horton Runner Ups – Mats Colling & Anthony Weingarten Ladies Doubles – Winners Daisy Chapman & Summer Colling & Holly Drew & Eleanor Nobbs Winners Daisy Chapman & Summer Colling Runners Up – Holly Drew & Eleanor Nobbs Mixed Senior Doubles – Claudio Domizi & Birte Hosken & Winners Sarah Ball and Cesar Monteiro Winners Sarah Ball and...

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President launches 70th Open Tournament

The 70th Open Tournament has formally kicked off with the President’s Reception this evening. Mel Jones our Club President made a welcoming speech and we were then treated to a wonderful buffet! Lovely to once again welcome our Referee from Westcliff Lawn Tennis Club Steve Wynn with his wife Hazel and friends from Essex, Derbyshire, Southampton and Oxfordshire. The tournament runs until Saturday so come down to watch some fantastic tennis and the First Service Cafe will be serving homemade food all...

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It’s a hat-trick!

Well done to our U10 team who have just won the 2019 Team Tennis competition playing Truro, Redruth, Newquay, Falmouth and St Agnes. This year’s team were Archie Stirling, Freddie Millard, Amelia Botterell and Harlyn Sykes. The Penzance team has now won the event for the last 3 years! Freddie Millard and Amelia Botterell have won all 3 (including the Red Ball, Orange Ball and Green Ball competition) and Archie Stirling has won the Orange and Green ball. What a fantastic achievement for our young...

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Another win for Will!

Will Stirling won the Taunton Grade 3 Regional u14s singles final against Alex Blisset from Somerset and was runner up in the final of the doubles with his partner Finlay Robertson from Somerset. He did amazingly well against a very strong field and every match was of high quality.Will progressed through his first match 6/2 6/4 against Oliver Sasha Honey from Somerset. Having got into the quarter finals he found himself being out powered and 0/4 down in the first set by ‘leftie’ Billy Hughes from Wiltshire before turning the game around and winning 7/5 6/3. Next, in the semi finals, Will came up against the number 1 seed, a National player, Callum Matthew from Dorset losing the first set 1/6. He turned it round in the second to win 6/4 and then came through 13/11 in a nail biting third set tie break. In an entertaining final against another National player, Alex Blisset from Somerset Will took control in in first set winning 6/3, then lost the second set 2/6 and ended up winning another nail biting third set tie break 10/7 to win overall. Keeping it in the family, Archie Stirling (will’s brother) and Freddie Millard were runners up at the Grade 3 u10s Boys Doubles event. Great effort against a strong field! Well done Will, Archie and Freddie, you are a credit to the...

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Junior Summer Party!

Last weekend we had our big Junior Member Summer Party. Junior members and their families came to Penzance Tennis Club and enjoyed lots fun and games as well as a delicious BBQ on a beautiful summers evening. A big thank you to Tammy Botterell and Amy Clemens for organising a fantastic evening, as well as everyone who helped out setting up, running the BBQ and packing away. We look forward to the next...

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