Following a week of soaring temperatures and splendid sunshine, spectators at the finals day of the Borders Senior Confined tournament were treated to some sizzling tennis.
The tournament, this year held at St Boswells Tennis Club, saw players from across the Borders competing throughout the week of June 14-21, to be in one (or more) of the 14 finals.
In the ladies’ singles events, there was a strong presence from Berwick Tennis Club who made up five of the ladies’ singles and 40+ singles finalists. Berwick teenagers Hannah Bagley and Robyn Harvey had an exciting match with Bagley winning the ladies’ singles trophy.
The ladies’ 40+ singles was an all-St Boswells affair between Toni Lemmon and Claire Townsend, with the latter holding off a comeback from Lemmon to win in two sets.
In the men’s singles event, a close all-Kelso final between defending title holder Niklas Stingl and Tim Campbell ended in a two-set victory for Tim. The Kelso pair then teamed up later in the day to face Ian Reilly and Iain Laidlaw (Melrose) in the men’s doubles final. Following a tense semi-final earlier in the week, the Kelso team prevailed to win in two sets.
Ian Reilly of Melrose retained the men’s 40+ singles title for another year following a two set victory over James Collin (Duns).
The ladies doubles saw Joanna and Judith Dixon of Duns beat St Boswells pair Toni Lemmon and Cindy Webster in two sets.
The day was rounded off with the mixed doubles finals and a nail-biting match – a tie-break third-set win by Melrose pair Glen Gordon and Ailsa Jackson over Mike Turner (Melrose) and Juliet Smith (Peebles).
Tournament secretary, P.J. Harding, told The Southern: “In perhaps the best weather the tournament has experienced for a few years, the spectators and players enjoyed some great matches throughout the week.
“Finals Saturday was particularly good fun with many people coming along to watch the tennis and join in the barbecue – some with a glass of Pimms!”