Aug 6 2010 by Sharon Liptrott, Dumfries Standard Friday
MOFFAT’S historic Beechgrove and Ballplay courts saw eight days of top tennis action.
For the fourth year running, entries were around the 200 mark for the coveted South of Scotland Tennis Championships and players came from a wide array of clubs to compete.
One of the organisers, Gerry Wason, said: “The Lawn Tennis Association tournament grade three status meant that the quality of entries remained very high, with many a hard-fought match being enjoyed by the spectators.”
He added: “July proved to be a wet month once again, and threatened to hamper our attempts at court preparation in the two weeks leading up to the tournament.
“Eventually we got the much needed dry spell, and the enormous efforts of a handful of volunteer ground staff resulted in courts that played superbly for the whole eight-day tournament.
“The referees enjoyed a largely dry week and welcomed a year where they didn't have to reschedule matches on a daily basis.
“The handicap events benefited by being played to the full match length rather than taking a shorter match format to ease a backlog of open events.”
The men’s singles open was won for the third year by Newlands player Gary Smith who beat number one seed Tim Weir in a fantastic final.
In the ladies’ singles, last year’s winner Lauren Hewett had a disappointing walkover, after an achilles tendon injury forced out runner-up Sophie Dunlop.
Local coach and Beechgrove Tennis Club player Sergio Meola failed to retain the men’s handicap singles title, but the Meola household had another trophy to fill the space on the mantlepiece when Sergio’s sister Marisa, in front of a large Moffat crowd, won the women’s handicap singles
There was more local interest with Brian Litster from Dalbeattie winning the men’s handicap singles.
Jack Leighfield, Sam Boucher, Thomas Johnston, all from Beechgrove Tennis Club played in the under 12s championship.
Dean Little from Gretna played in the Men’s open and Colin Dunbar from Lockerbie played in both the Men’s open and mixed doubles.
The McKiddie family from Dumfries took part in various matches as did another Doonhamer, Sophie Robinson.
The organisers are grateful to the following sponsors for making the event possible: Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee; Scottish Co-operative; Earl of Annandale and Hartfell; Magnox North; Hartfell House; Moffat House Hotel; The Buccleuch Arms Hotel; The Star Hotel; The Stag Hotel; Hartfell homes; The Black Bull Hotel; Claudios Restaurant; The Balmoral Hotel; Moffat Woolen Mill; The Scarf Shop Moffat.
Men’s singles: Gary Smith bt Tim Wier (7-6(6), 6-2); Women’s singles: Lauren Hewitt bt Sophie Dunlop (w/o); Men’s doubles: David Mccall and Craig Severin bt Dean Little and Robbie Price (6-1,6-2); Women’s doubles: Eleanor Good and Lauren Hewitt bt Sophie Dunlop and Jenifer Steel (2-6,6-3,6-4); Mixed doubles: Calvin Hepburn and Jenifer Steel bt Sandy Barr and Nikki Howie (6-3,6-3).
18 and under girls’ singles: Lauren Hewitt bt Sophie Dunlop (ret); 18 and under boys’ singles: Allan McClure bt James Kelly (6-3,6-3); 16 and under girls’ doubles: Eleanor Good and Caitlin Inglis bt Emily Lauder and Alex Mcguigan (6-3,6-3); 16 and under boys’ doubles: Cameron Mackie and Allan McClure bt Lewis Clothier and Nico Orisma (6-3,6-1); 16 and under girls’ singles: Bethany Smiles bt Kirsty Venter (6-3,6-1); 16 and under boys’ singles: Allan McClure bt Gregor Maclean (6-3,6-4); 14 and under girls’ singles: Bethany Smiles bt Emma Wilson (6-2,7-6); 14 and under boys’ singles: Calum MacGeoch bt Troy Dixon (6-1,6-0).
12 and under girls’ doubles: Anna Daisley and Ariette Manganiello bt Katherine McPhie and Harri Proudfoot (4-2,4-2); 12 and under girls’ singles: Stephanie Booth bt Rebecca Richardson (4-1,4-0); 12 and under boys’ singles: George Baird bt Ruairidh Fraser (4-1,4-0); 10 and under boys’ singles won by Tom Loneregan. Runner up, Jamie Gordon (round robin format).
Men’s singles handicap: Brian Litster bt Jonathan Adamson (6-5, 6-1); Women’s singles handicap: Marisa Meola bt Heather Mackie (6-4,6-4); Men’s doubles handicap: Jonathan Adamson and Andrew Mcquarrie bt Calvin Hepburn and Michael Russell (6-4,6-4); Women’s doubles handicap: Nancy Gillies and Fiona McCartney (round robin format); Mixed doubles handicap: Alan Burns and Jacqueline Allingham bt Euan Mcglynn and Marisa Meola (6-5, 6-5); Family doubles: Won by Gavin and Andrew McQuarrie.