Sweet taste of success for Lemmons

Toni Lemmon and son Gary came out on top in their respective singles finals at St Boswells Tennis Club
Toni Lemmon and son Gary came out on top in their respective singles finals at St Boswells Tennis Club

Some tennis of the highest quality was served up on Saturday by members of St Boswells Tennis Club at the club’s finals day.

Apart from one short spell of rain, the finals were played out in good weather, along with a competition for some of the club’s junior members.

The Lemmon family enjoyed particular success on the day, with club coach Toni overcoming Claire Townsend in the ladies’ singles final and son Gary winning the men’s title, at the age of just 15.

Despite going a set down, Toni rallied and came back strongly in the second set to take the match to a championship tie-break.

Shortly afterwards, Gary took to the court to play club stalwart Charles Strang for the men’s singles trophy. Although Strang’s tactics seemed to be playing dividends early in the first set, Gary took hold and eventually came through in straight sets.

In the ladies’ doubles final, Jen Stevenson and Katie Francis beat Jenell Arnott and Heather Taylor after a closely-contested tie, with both pairings showing some excellent shot-making.

The doubles competitions were played on a seeded basis this year, and the quality of both finals, and their competitiveness, made them a must-watch for the many spectators who turned out on the day.

In the men’s doubles, 11-time singles champion Billy Anderson got his hands on the doubles title with partner Max Playfer.

In a three-set thriller, the pair beat Matt Tile and Trevor Adams, who had taken the first set and were just lost the second set tiebreak which would have won them the trophy.