GALLERY: Tennis tournament reaches exciting climax

THE sun shone on Ipswich Sports Club as the Suffolk Closed Tennis Championships came to an end with some quality displays yesterday.

Following an exciting first three days, play was hampered somewhat by heavy storms on Thursday before the tournament was able to draw to a successful conclusion on the final day.

Tournament referee, Craig Lambert, 19, said: “There has been some quality tennis on display and some of the county’s top players have featured.

“The tournament was played in a very good spirit and there were some good quality, close matches which were very good for spectators to watch.”

Suffolk LTA honorary secretary Sheelagh Watts added: “It’s been an excellent tournament and I was extremely pleased with the participation levels in the Mini-tennis tournaments, especially the participation of young girls.

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“Historically they have always been more difficult to recruit than boys but a lot of members from Elena Baltacha’s Academy played and it was great to see.”

Among the winners were Holbrook’s Ross Spinner in the 12-under boys’ category, Hannah Vickers, from Essex Golf & Country Club who won both the 14-under and 16-under competitions and 10-and under boys’ winner Travis Ireland, one of several winners from Ipswich Sports Club.

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