Teenage tennis stars shine at Borders Confined Tournament

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DUNS teenager Tara Harvey produced an incredible display of tennis to secure three titles at this year’s Senior Borders Confined, writes Adam Drummond.

Held this year at Galashiels’ Borders Tennis Centre for the first time, players and organisers enjoyed largely good weather throughout and an enthralling finals day on Saturday brought the week-long tournament to a close.

And after six days of matches, it was four youngsters who topped the billing in the main draw singles finals, Lewis Armstrong (St Boswells) and Nicklas Stingl (Kelso) and Tara Harvey and Sophie Macbrayne (Melrose).

For Harvey and Armstrong, their singles finals were the first of three for them on Saturday, with the pair teaming up in the mixed doubles and also involved in their respective men’s and women’s doubles finals.

But it was Harvey who earned all the bragging rights in their partnership, scooping the women’s singles in a deciding match tie-break before going on to partner Duns compatriot Joanna Dixon to victory in the women’s doubles and then joining Armstrong to take the mixed title as well.

Armstrong did pull off a double, however, winning the men’s doubles with St Boswells teammate Simon Blair after earlier being defeated in the singles by another teenager, Stingl, in a very tight contest.

Despite a smaller than usual entry this year, the event’s move from Melrose to the Galashiels venue certainly made the organisation of matches easier, with four available courts, which also coped very well during a showery finals day.

Tournament referee Elspeth Whitelaw said: “In my opinion it was a very good week of excellent tennis played in the correct spirit by the majority – a friendly tournament enjoyed by players and spectators alike.

“The weather was, in the main, kind to us, but sadly the rain came on finals day – it did not dampen spirits at all and the high level of competitive tennis did not suffer.

“We also had a barbecue running and those in charge of it even got it going again after the first squall put it out.”

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