Top seeds triumph in tennis finals

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The Borders Junior Confined Tennis Tournament came to a conclusion on Sunday with

the 14 and Under (U14) and 18 and Under (U18) finals day.

Playing at the Borders Tennis Centre in Galashiels, both age-groups saw the top two seeds fight it out for each of the singles titles. Three of the four number one seeds succeeded, but Lewis Armstrong of St Boswells managed to better Craig Martin (Duns) in the U18 final by winning 10-7 in the final set match tie-break, an encounter which took one-and-a-half hours.

The U14 boys’ singles match lasted even longer (an hour-and-three-quarters) with James Patterson of Melrose just getting the better of Sean Berthelsen (West Linton) 10-8 in the final set tie-break in which each boy had the chance to clinch it.

The u18 boys’ doubles saw the second seeds, Craig Martin and Harry Devlin of Duns, get their revenge on top-rated Lewis Armstrong and Andy Robertson of St Boswells in a tense two-setter, lasting almost an hour-and-a-quarter.

In total, six players reached three finals, so had a particularly busy day, but all coped well.

Excluding late entrants on the reserve lists, 132 players entered this age-groups’ tournaments and players from 13 of the district’s 15 clubs were represented. Since the start of the event on August 8, 263 matches involving 4,307 games were played at the Borders Tennis Centre.

Referee Christine Lawrie added: “The centre has proved a great addition to the tennis facilities in the Borders, despite the four lower courts needing some improvement if they are to become a performance surface.”

The referee’s thanks also went to all of the players, especially those who played through the terrible gusty/windy and wet spells on Saturday, and to the assistant referee Elspeth Whitelaw, the tournament secretary Gareth Stott, treasurer Susan Smith, Eddie Brogan, who set up the mini tennis courts, all court supervisors and umpires, “without whom the tournament could not be held”.

The tournament committee thanked the Borders Sport & Leisure Trust and the Borders Tennis Centre, Galashiels, for the use of their facilities, sponsors, patrons, all who donated raffle prizes and sold tickets, and all who contributed to or helped in the tuck shop.

The committee also congratulated all winners, runners-up and all players who entered the tournament and took part in such a competitive but sporting way.