Volley good tennis, Juniors

Winners and runners-up in the Borders Junior Confined Tennis Tournament
Winners and runners-up in the Borders Junior Confined Tennis Tournament

Finals day of the annual Borders Junior Tennis Tournament was once again held at the Borders Tennis Centre in Galashiels, with its seven courts and excellent clubhouse facilities.

Numbers were down slightly on last year, but the standard of play was on a par, if not even better.

A total of 116 players entered (compared to 125 last year) and 256 matches (263 last year) were played. Many matches were very close, with the longest single set taking an hour and 25 minutes.

The Girls’ 16 and 18 singles finals were competed by the same two girls, with Hannah Bagley of Berwick winning the 18s and Sophie MacBrayne of Melrose Waverley winning the younger age group.

The 18 mixed doubles event was won by siblings Gary and Jessica Lemmon, the first time siblings had won since the Hamiltons of Duns in 2004.

Selkirk Tennis Club had the biggest rise in player numbers with 18 entrants compared to 10 last year, but unfortunately several girls’ events suffered from too few entries with the 18U doubles being cancelled as just one pair entered.

Torrential rain showers only disrupted two days of play, but this did not dampen the players’ enthusiasm. Otherwise, the weather throughout was calm until the last two days when the strong wind proved very tricky for players.

For the first time, the boys’ and girls’ Orange events were held at the Selkirk club which has two suitably-marked courts.

The Tournament Committee is grateful to both venues, for the use of their facilities; Elspeth Whitelaw (referee of this event for the first time); Christine Lawrie (assistant referee); all umpires and court supervisors; the volunteers at the tuck shop; and all other helpers.

Players were thanked too and congratulated on their sportsmanship and behaviour both on and off the court.