Young aces serve up a real treat in a smashing event

READY TO RETURN: Joseph Collifer
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There was success for the 
region’s young tennis aces as the Bury and West Suffolk Junior Tennis Tournament once again served up a treat.

The annual tournament, in it’s 87th year, with sponsors including Glasswells, Ensors and the Bury Free Press, saw hopefuls aged eight to 21 battle it out over six days of action at Culford Sports and Tennis Centre.

“This was one of the best tournaments we’ve ever held,” said tournament chairman and organiser Susan Glasswell.

“It was a brilliant week of competition and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our sponsors for helping make it such a success.”

On the court, home advantage proved to Ewan Evans’ liking as the Culford Sports and Tennis Centre player took the honours in the open men’s singles category, overcoming Red Lodge Sports Club’s Marco Mitev-Will in the final.

In what proved the most thrilling encounter of the week, Risbygate duo Nick Porter and Sam Ratcliffe came through a tough battle with Jacob Morgan and John Colegate in the open men’s doubles, coming from a set down to take the next two sets by tie break to finally prevail.

The Red Lodge pairing of Andrew Robertson and Rachel Tyo had to settle for second place in the under-18 mixed doubles event, but there was better success for the latter as she claimed the under-18 singles title, overcoming Haverhill’s Amy Gardner.

There was further joy for home players as Culford’s Joe Foulger and Joseph Gollifer proved victorious in the under-16s boys doubles event, while Kitty Hoare scooped the under-16s girls singles crown, beating Risbygate’s Liza Critchley.

Meanwhile, team-mates Abigail Callghan and Georgia Harris came out on top in the under-14 girls doubles competition, with Laurie Cruickshank and Georgia Parker and Sebastian Koci-Edwards and Joel Sheldon winning the under-12s girls and boys doubles events respectively.

There was double delight over the week for Cruickshank as she also lifted the under-12s singles title, while Culford club-mates Charlie Barber-Lomax and Ben Smart overcame Old Buckenham Hall duo Oscar Brown and George De La Rue to win the under-10s mixed doubles category.

There was also joy for Red Lodge Sports Club as Kacper Tymico overcame team-mate Max Hewett to win the under-10s boys singles A class, while Ryan Wilson proved victorious in the B class and Elmswell School’s Lennox Browne won the C class.

A Culford player also came out on top in the under-eight mixed singles tournament where Archie Jones overcame Jayden Durham to cap off a successful tournament for the host’s players.

Off the court, Marley Browne was awarded the sponsorship award, while the referee’s award went to Will Hall.