Dominant Parry and Nash secure third mixed doubles title on the spin

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The Annual Harrogate and District Tennis League Tournament took place at Racquets and Harlow Tennis Clubs last week.

Referee Oliver Scaife was able to ensure good weather for the tournament, with only a couple of wet blips on Saturday’s finals day.

The tournament is an opportunity for family, friends, and foes to test their tennis playing skills, with many past champions watching to see how their trophy is now being contested.

The Restricted Ladies Singles final saw two players who had not competed in the Tournament before.

Christine Troy (Academy) won 6-2 6-2 against Year 7 Boston Spa High School pupil Naomi Tooke (Wetherby) who was born the year this final was last played, in 2000.

On the next court the Men’s Doubles final saw last year’s winners, the father and son team of Jonathan and George Smail (Racquets) take on the 2011 winners Mat Parry and Andy Cousins (Academy).

In a last game torrential downpour the three set match went the way of the Academy pair 6-3 3-6 6-3.

The Men’s singles was won for the third time by Rossett Head of Languages, Philippe Bourgeois (Academy) 7-5 4-6 6-4 over last year’s Restricted Men’s Singles winner, and York College student Adam Rider (Academy).

Nineteen-year-old Lisa Jacob (Starbeck) started her busy three-match schedule with a 6-3 6-2 win in the Ladies Singles over Audrey Henderson (Racquets).

Lisa, a Harrogate based apprentice paired up with her mum and previous HDTL champion, Sophie, in the Ladies Doubles match against Gillian Smail and Audrey Henderson (Racquets). Audrey and Gillian were able to take revenge for the earlier singles match winning 6-3 1-6 6-4.

In the Restricted Mixed Doubles there was another family pairing of Christine Troy and 19-year old son Pierce, who had a long, hard fought match eventually winning 7-6 3-6 6-3 over Katie Draper and John Berger (Starbeck).

Another long, hard match decided the winners of the Restricted Ladies Doubles with Angela Stevens and Vanessa Cameron (Academy) eventually winning 4-6 7-5 6-2 against Jo Douglas and Ali Wales (Starbeck).

There was amusement for the spectators when the Mixed Doubles pairs took to the court as previous HDTL Champion Mat Parry was obviously the oldest man on court.

Alongside 15-year-old Serena Nash of the Academy, they pair took on the Starbeck brother and sister pairing of Jasper Jacob, 16, and Lisa Jacob.

Mat and Serena won the hard hitting match 6-4 6-4 to retain the title for the third consecutive year.

The last match on court went the distance with Rossett Year 12 student James Lofthouse (Spa) winning 4-6 6-4 7-6 over Matt Waters (Academy) to claim his first HDTl title.

The Restricted Men’s Doubles was unfinished at one set each with the Starbeck pairs of Steve Jones and Gary Saunders and Richard Noland andGrant Dorwood having to hot foot it to their Tennis Club summer ball.

All the players and spectators would like to thank Oli Scaife for being a brilliant referee, and all are planning our partners for next year.

It would seem a young partner may be the answer!