An ace week, say organisers of tennis week

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With more contestants than Wimbledon, the UK’s biggest independent Lawn Tennis Association-affiliated tournament was held in Hunstanton.

Held on 40 courts at the town’s recreation ground, finals day took place on Saturday.

Hunstanton Tennis Week trophies. MLNF15EB08444 ANL-150826-135454001

Hunstanton Tennis Week trophies. MLNF15EB08444 ANL-150826-135454001

This 95th edition of the tournament saw some exciting play in this open event that caters for the most experienced players down to enthusiastic beginners.

Chris Holt, secretary of the committee that runs the event, said: “Unfortunately we lost one and a half days to rain during the week so we had to make up time by reducing the number of sets in some of the doubles matches to catch up with the programme.

“The tennis has been fantastic this year; all the players have been co-operative and traders have supported us, so we are very happy.”

Hunstanton mayor Andrew Murray was invited to share the presentation of trophies with former referee Peter Mornard, a veteran of over 30 Hunstanton tournaments.

Peter Mornard said: “It is lovely to come back and meet old friends and see that the facilities are better than ever.”

Mr Murray thanked the competitors for their sportsmanship and all the spectators for attending and respecting the town and its residents.

Chairman John Barrell made a special presentation to Mr Holt that drew loud cheers and applause.

He said: “We all see the marvellous tennis but there is so much unseen work that goes on in the background and the main organiser of this event has been for the past 40 years our secretary Chris Holt and in this, his fortieth tournament, his work and commitment must be recognised.”

In the Men’s Singles Will Mason, from Northants, lifted the winner’s trophy for the fifth time beating Harry Weeds, from Norwich, while in the ladies, Yasmin Tanfields, from Middlesbrough, was the victor against Emily Hawksworth and also took the runner-up prize in the Doubles with Emily St John.

Other results: Men’s Doubles: 1 Chris Kindred and Chad Richard 2 Sam Kemp and William Mason; Ladies Doubles: 1 Susie Hill and Hollie Robinson 2 Yasmin Tanfields and Emily St John. U18 Boys: 1 Felix Beech 2 David Cheer; U18 Girls: 1 Elizabeth Thomas 2 Charlotte Gillam; U16 Boys: 1 Thomas Davenport 2 Thomas Craig; U16 Girls: 1 Evie Phillips 2 Jemima Brown; U14 Boys: 1 Joshua Reynolds 2 Patrick Smart; U14 Girls: 1 Victoria Beardslay 2 Hannah Craig; U12 Boys: 1 William Tucker 2 Hugh Hudson; U12 Girls: Holly Craig beat Paris Wright

Photos:

0063 Up and coming star Yasmin Tanfields who has already promised to defend

her title in 2016

0065 0072 Chris Holt

0077 Trophy winners (Men’s and Ladies Champions are centre front)