Seth Newman did Bury St Edmunds proud by lifting the Boys’ Under-14s Singles title at his home event as the Bury and West Suffolk Junior Tennis Tournament swung into action this week.
Some 240 enthusiastic juniors flocked to Culford School from all parts of East Anglia and beyond for the six-day event, in its 89th year, which began on Monday.
And the tournament, which was named the Suffolk LTA Tournament of the Year earlier this year, did not disappoint over the opening days with fierce competition across the age groups from Under-8s to men and ladies over 24 categories.
This year’s event has seen the use of two new courts to play on, with the tournament basking in perfect sunshine over the opening two days for play on its seven outdoor courts, with games also being played inside.
In the Under-14s Singles, Bury’s Newman had to work hard to win a tough opening set 7-5 before defeating Kai Cowcher, from Halstead, in straight sets in the final.
The all-Norwich Girls’ Under-14 Singles decider was a much more decisive affair, with Eleanor Widdows defeating Hannah Wilson-Kemsley 6-0 6-2.
The Under-10 events were also completed by Wednesday, with Ipswich clinching both singles titles in the guise of Saul Hindmarch and Alanna Bristow.
Max Griffiths, from Bury, was runner-up in the Boys, and Burwell’s Katie Spiers came second in the Girls.
Spiers did gain some consolation in the Under-10 Mixed, teaming up with Bury compatriot Tru Dyble to lift the title.
There was also a local victory for Jomi Aminu in the Under-8 Mixed Singles, proving too strong for Newmarket’s Herbie Morris.
The tournament, sponsored by Glasswells, Culford School, Ensors, Wildtracks and the Bury Free Press, goes on until tomorrow.
For a full-round of winners in other age groups, see next week’s paper.