Rising stars serve up a treat at junior contest

EYE ON THE BALL: Jack Evans, of Risbygate Tennis Club, in action in the Under-14s section of the Bury and West Suffolk Junior Tennis Tournament
EYE ON THE BALL: Jack Evans, of Risbygate Tennis Club, in action in the Under-14s section of the Bury and West Suffolk Junior Tennis Tournament

SUFFOLK’S rising tennis talent was on show in one of the biggest tournaments on the county’s calendar this week.

There may have been a new venue for the Bury and West Suffolk Junior Tennis Tournament, at Culford School’s highly-acclaimed tennis centre, but it was business as usual in the tournament’s 85th year with youngsters battling it out to improve their Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) ratings.

It was the first year the Glasswells-sponsored event had switched from the grasscourts of the Victory Ground in Bury St Edmunds to the mixed surfaces of hard and Astro-turf, both indoor and outdoor, at Culford.

Games were running from Monday until tomorrow’s final day and tournament chairman Susan Glasswell said: “The tournament is running very well, almost on a par with last year with numbers at around 200 this year.”

“We have been affected by the Olympics but we have been using a big screen television courtesy of Hughes which has been a great success and this has been positioned in the Olympic cafe.”

She added: “We are enjoying the beautiful grounds and having the mixed surfaces of indoor and outdoor hard court and Astro-turf means we are not rained off.

“It has been reasonably well received but people do talk about the atmosphere at the Victory Ground and that was very special and we had it there for a long time. But it is still early days.”

The tournament took on a new format this year with age groups playing over three days instead of the whole duration of the event.

n FOR a full round-up of results and more pictures, see next week’s Bury Free Press.