Tennis aces’ tough baptism in the National League

Dominic Beesley won his rubber for Boston.
Dominic Beesley won his rubber for Boston.

BOSTON Tennis Club’s men’s team’s first match in the Aegon Team Tennis National Open Division began with a 4-2 defeat against Barry Athletic.

Boston earned their place in the division by winning the regional division last year.

But they were given a tough baptism on Sunday as they hosted last season’s runners-up.

The team of Will Mason, Sam Kemp, Simon Bush and Dom Beesley gave a good account of themselves but were up against confident and able opponents.

Dom Beesley, at number four seed, did well to win his singles comfortably.

The other three players missed out in the singles rubbers and it was too big a task for Boston to take both the doubles to even things out.

Will Mason and Sam Kemp were up against strong players at number one doubles and lost out in two sets.

Simon Bush and Dom Beesley came through a third set tie-break to win the second doubles, but the match was already beyond Boston’s reach.

The men now face another tough match away at Loughborough.

The under 14s boys side were also in action - just losing to Nottingham Tennis Centre

Stronger tennis teams have the opportunity to compete outside the county in the regional division.

For the second year running, the under 14 boys have been accepted into the regional division.

The boys played Nottingham Tennis Center in a home match.

Joe Woolley, Henry Beesley, Daniel Scott and Edward Colclough stood at 3-1 after the singles rubbers with two close rubbers going Boston’s direction.

Illness prevented Boston taking one of the doubles and Nottingham won the other one.

The pressure then fell upon Henry and Edward, who faced a deciding tie–break in the doubles. It was very close but Nottingham just edged it 12-10 to give the visitors the win.

BOSTON Tennis Club will host free adult coaching on Monday (7-8pm).

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