Aston Park Club Championships 2020

New Men's Singles, Men's Doubles and Mixed Doubles Champions 

In an eerie atmosphere: no spectators, no kegs of beer no refreshment, no handshakes no presentation, the Club Championship Finals were held on Saturday 26 September 2020, including 3 Plate events. The weather was kind with only a few raindrops all day and the famous Aston Park wind not as strong as it can be. But good grief it was bitterly cold for the lone spectator allowed inside the complex!

 

We need to give thanks to Championship Referee, David Rolls, who did an excellent job of ensuring the competition finished on time and with all the requests of the competitors honoured. We also need to thank Club Chair, Barbara Wilkinson, for her support of the tournament and organising medals, prizes and cleaning the trophies. And let’s not forget the peanut galleries who braved the cold to cheer on their favourites, but who very generously applauded the good play of the opposition as well. But Oh how I envied that blanket!

2020 Champions

Elliott Abdey wins Men's singles

It was an exciting day of tennis with several new champions being crowned. Twenty-year old Elliott Abdey, one of our new members, won the Men’s Singles, defeating club coach David Rolls in a Championship Tie-Break. Somewhere in the middle of that tiebreak, David gave his opponent a let because Elliot thought his serve was out and failed to play David’s return. How sporting is that in a championship tie-break! On his way to this victory, Elliot had defeated the reigning champion, and the no 4 seed. A group of his very generous vanquished opponents, suggested that he be presented with a special award for the most impressive newcomer. We’ll see what we can do about it.

Andrew Nurse and Simon Sluszny win Men's Doubles

The Men’s Doubles title was won by Simon Sluszny and Andrew Nurse who defeated holders Tim Gill and Michael Chase in a close two set match, which while being highly competitive, was played in a friendly and sporting spirit. Tim and Michael have won the Men's Doubles title a total of three times and for two consequetive years (2018 and 2019), which made Andrew and Simon's comeback from 3-0 down in the first set to win it 7-5 all the more impressive. They went on to secure the second set 6-4 and get the win. 

 

Sarah Baker and Tim Gill triumph in Mixed Doubles

Sarah Baker and Tim Gill the first seeds, triumphed in the Mixed Doubles over second seeds Pamela Reid and Andrew Nurse in a competitive two set match. Sarah’s delight at this result, after being unsuccessful in three previous mixed finals was overwhelming and Pamela and Andrew were profuse in their praise of their opponents' performance.

Pamela Reid retains Ladies Singles title

Pamela Reid retained her Ladies Singles title with a straight sets win over Sarah Beaman. The match started promisingly with Sarah taking a two game lead and although the rallies were prolonged, with both players hitting the ball well and accurately, Pamela’s experience and determination, prevailed. Congratulations to Sarah for being brave, or fit enough, to enter the women’s singles event, knowing that a match against the club’s longest standing champion, would be her reward.

2020 Champions and Plate Winners

Ladies Doubles win for Anne Green and Pamela Reid 

Anne Green and Pamela Reid, the holders, held on to their Ladies Doubles title beating Anna Fryer and Kerry Pendlebery in a match full of long, competitive rallies which should have tired Pamela out for her upcoming encounters. But not a chance. She was still hitting as mean a ball at the end of the day, as she was at the beginning.

Andy May wins Men's Singles Plate

Plate events, for first round losers, were held this year. Andy May triumphed over Adrian Bowen in the Men’s Singles.

Anna Fryer and Nigel Cheverall win Mixed Doubles Plate

Anna Fryer and Nigel Cheverall had a straight sets win over Sarah Beaman and Mike Carter in the Mixed Doubles.

Mark Pendlebery and Jack Bacon win Men's Double's Plate

In the last final of the day, Mark Pendlebery and Jack Bacon defeated Nigel Cheverall and Tony Winterbottom in a closely contended Men’s Doubles match.

Most Improved Player

                                                            A unanimous vote by the committee awarded ‘the most improved player’ title for 2020 to Jack Bacon. Congratulations Jack! And yes the improvement noted covers the whole of the past year not just the championships. Well done.

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