Sibling rivalry as the Beesley brothers went head-to-head in tennis final

Dominic and Henry Beesley.
Dominic and Henry Beesley.

There was no brotherly love on show when Boston Tennis Club siblings Dominic and Henry Beesley met in the final of the Grantham Open Championships last week.

A number of Boston Tennis Club members competed at the tournament.

The Beesley brothers met in the boys’ 18 and under final, where Dominic claimed the win in a tight three-setter 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.

But that final rivalry was soon put aside as they partnered each other in the under 18 doubles - winning 7-6, 6-2 against Sebastian Darke and Andrew Isaac.

The result was reversed in the mens’ doubles, with Dom and Henry the runners-up on this occasion.

William Cheer won the nine and under boys’ singles and Anna Coghlan made it through to the knockout stages in the girls’ nine and under.

Boston Tennis Club’s James Gedney and Joshua Coghlan were first and third respectively in the boys’ under eight event.

Isabel Wookey, Lois Boothby and Emily Stukin also played in the mini red and orange events.

Boston Tennis Club’s Joe Woolley, along with Dominic and Henry, has made the draw of the Nike Junior National Tennis Championships, which take place this week.

Joe will play in the 16 and under and 18 and under boys’ singles events, while Henry and Dominic Beesley play in the 16 and unders and 18 and unders boys’ singles events respectively.

The three teens will compete at the Nottingham Tennis Centre against some of the best players in the country as they all battle for one of the top titles in national junior tennis.

Joe has already progressed to the third round of the 16 and under boys’ after defeating Caleb Dyer 6-4 6-3 at Nottingham Tennis Centre yesterday.

He will now face Daniel Bennett from Sunderland in the second round today (Tuesday).

The Nike Junior Tennis Championships are the highest level competition for all juniors and the pinnacle of the summer domestic calendar.

The tournament features more than 250 players across four age groups and is a showcase for British tennis and the best junior talent in the country.

The Nike Junior Nationals have been running for over 100 years and has an illustrious line of past winners including Andy Murray, Heather Watson, Tim Henman, Elena Baltacha, and Anne Keothavong.

Speaking ahead of the tournament, Shanti Patel, the tournament director said: “The Nike Junior Nationals are the highest level of domestic competition for any British junior player. The standard of competition is always high and offers a great opportunity for players to test their abilities against the very best in their age group in the country.”

The tournament began on Sunday and completes on Friday.