Ipswich Parks Tennis Tournament goes down a storm as youngsters enjoy the sunshine

Ipswich Parks tennis tournament. Pictured is Bethan Fothergill.

Ipswich Parks tennis tournament. Pictured is Bethan Fothergill. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Tennis youngsters from across the county have been enjoying plenty of ‘mini-tennis’ action this week in the Ipswich Parks Tournament, held at Ipswich Sports Club, Henley Road.

Ipswich Parks tennis tournament. Pictured is Bethan Fothergill.

Ipswich Parks tennis tournament. Pictured is Bethan Fothergill. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Three round-robin tournaments have been going on at the popular sports venue with lots of great tennis being played in fine sunshine and fine spirits.

The ‘eights and unders’ were the first young budding stars to take to the courts on Thursday morning, and it was Framlingham’s Bethany Gardens who romped her way to victory as she won all five of her first-to-10 point matches.

In the afternoon, the ‘nines and unders’ also enjoyed an intense competition with as many as 13 players taking part.

Using a playing format of best of three first-to-seven tie-breaks, the competitors were split into three groups with the group winners in Charlie Holmes, Seth Midwood and Sophie Taber, and one lucky loser in Jayden Forsdicke, progressing into the semi-finals.


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Number one seed Holmes ended up taking the trophy by beating Midwood 7-5 7-5 in the final.

Special mention must go to determined duo Reuben Chinnery and Frederick Wall, who couldn’t be separated after an epic three-setter which had more than one 30-shot rally.

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With both players claiming one set apiece, it was Wall who prevailed with a 14-12 win in the third set after having to win by two clear points.

In the ‘10 and unders’ on Friday, Ipswich Sports Club’s Alex Ringwood defeated all opponents in style, while Josh Midwood, brother of Thursday’s runner-up Seth, followed suit by claiming second spot.

All in all, the three tournaments couldn’t have gone any better as event organiser and referee Toby Bawden explains: “Everybody has enjoyed a great week here and the kids are a credit to themselves for the way they have played, and the way they have conducted themselves.

“Their attitudes have been brilliant and that’s the main thing - it’s been great to see. There’s been lots of congratulating, and lots of high-fives with the players really meaning it as well - not just saying it for saying it’s sake so it’s been really good.”

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