Vianne Palffy and Tom Hands win open singles titles at Framlingham Lawn Tennis Tournament 2017

Vianne Palffy with the ladies' singles trophy at Framlingham. Pictures: NIGEL BROWN

Vianne Palffy with the ladies' singles trophy at Framlingham. Pictures: NIGEL BROWN - Credit: Archant

The finals of the week-long Framlingham Lawn Tennis Tournament were completed in good time, despite 654 entries and inclement weather.

Vianne Palffy on her way to victory at Framlingham

Vianne Palffy on her way to victory at Framlingham - Credit: Archant

The ladies’ singles was won by Vianne Palffy. Her cup was presented by Christine Janes MBE, the tournament’s president.

The runner up was Katie Tassell of Framlingham, giving away 25 years to her younger foe in going down 3-6, 6-3, 3-6.

However, Tassell holds the record of winning the Suffolk Singles title nine times.

Katie Tassell was on the losing side in the ladies' final

Katie Tassell was on the losing side in the ladies' final - Credit: Archant

The open men’s singles was won again by Tom Hands (6-2, 6-0)


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Three mixed doubles finals were the last matches on court. Hands partnered his mother in one.

On the adjoining court Scott Martin was playing with his young niece as the Under 18 final was being won by Tom Skinner and Maddie Mcloughlin.

Andrew Wheeler in action

Andrew Wheeler in action - Credit: Archant

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Chairman James Lightfoot said: “The good spirit of these matches epitomised the friendly, family nature of the tournament.”

Maddie and her sister, Tilly – both of Ipswich Sports Club – distinguished themselves by being in five finals with Tilly winning the 12 and under singles.

At the other end of the tournament’s huge age spectrum there was another Suffolk winner – Peter Aldous in the men’s over 65 singles.

Luke Hudson plays a forehand

Luke Hudson plays a forehand - Credit: Archant

Four “icons” of the tournament – Joan Tassell, Jill Crown, Meg Walker and Sadie Tilbrook – played in the over 60s women’s doubles final with Joan and Jill just running out the winners.

Joan, of Sproughton Tennis Club, who is captain of the Great Britain 75s team, also won an event for younger players, the 40 plus mixed doubles.

There was also a separate high-quality event, well run by Louise Rogers, that raised a good sum for Marie Curie.

Frederick Withers in action

Frederick Withers in action - Credit: Archant

Lightfoot said it was good to see Susan Wessels, the deputy head of Framlingham College, a school that has recently enjoyed exceptional success on the sports field, in action in a final.

He added: “The tournament has been a great success thanks to the hard work of the referee and each member of the committee.

“We all look forward to seeing the competitors again next year as we celebrate our 125th tournament.”

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