Home advantage pays off for tennis stars

Lucy Hull.
Lucy Hull.

Henry Beesley and Lucy Hull made the most of home advantage to win categories at the Boston Tennis Club Indoor New Year Grade Four tournament this weekend.

Henry came through as the winner of the Men’s Open Singles.

He had a tough first-round match which went to a tie-break second set, but having got through this he dropped no further games.

His opponent in the final was ex-Boston Tennis Club coach Andrew Cook.

Andrew beat Mike Burnett in the semis but lost out to Henry in the final.

Lucy Hull was the winner of the girls’ under 16 event.

On her way to this victory Lucy (pictured) beat the first seed on a third set tie-break and then beat Boston’s Emma Mastin in the final.

In the girls’ under 14s Victoria Beardsley was the overall winner.

The losing semi-finalists in this age group were Lucy Hull and Charlotte Priestley.

In the Open Men’s Grade Five category, Michal Chmielik reached the final but came up against a strong Glenn Perkins from Spalding and missed out to him.

There were lots of other age groups played at this weekend tournament and a lot of Boston Tennis Club members participated alongside players from Lincolnshire and further afield.

In the under eights red event, Boston’s Finley Mackey was runner-up to Lincolnshire’s Callum Moore.

There were also good performances from Jacob Felipes, James Gedney, Jacob Scuffham, Joshua Brooks, Poppy Gibbons, William Tawton and Georgina Cameron.

In the under nines, Norfolk’s Ludovic Valentine took the honours but there were some great performances from James Burrell, Will Shears, Charlie Pickwell, Lois Boothby, Hannah Willis and Isabel Wookey.

Neve Mackey was the leading girl in the mixed under 10 event.

Competitors at Boston Tennis Club competed in the Bombay Brasserie over 35s mixed doubles competition last Saturday.

Couples from the Sleaford Road Club, plus entrants from as far away as Tipton in the West Midlands, took part.

Playing in a round robin format, by the halfway stage it had become a three-horse race between Mike and Sue Burnett, Ray Frankish and Helen Cook, and David Makins and Rachel Atkinson.

Mike and Sue remained undefeated and went through to the final, where they were joined by Ray and Helen, who had won the same number of matches as David and Rachel, but had won more games.

The final was very competitive but Mike and Sue Burnett prevailed 6-2.