Match Report by Andy Phillips, Men's Team Captain
The West Hants Men's team had a tough but enjoyable experience at the Team Tennis National Open Finals held at West Hants. On Thursday evening captain Andy Phillips was presented with the South West Group winners trophy and the team settled down for the weekend's draw. Unfortunately West Hants were put against The Roehampton Club, who were seeded 1 and went on to win the event.
Piers Farhang, Toby Samuel and James Whike lost their matches in straight sets although Adam Glynn had an epic battle with Adam Thornton Brown, narrowly losing in 3 sets.
On to Saturday's playback v The Northern Club where Adam and Toby picked up singles wins and losses for Ryan and Andy meant the home club were level at 2-2. An excellent doubles win for Toby and Ryan at 1 and a close loss for Adam and Ben Battey meant the match was 3-3. The tie break shootout to decide the winners was of the highest quality and could of gone either way, unfortunately West Hants went down 2-1. Lots of positives to take from the event and a good achievement finishing in the top 8 of the country.
Match Report by Andy Phillips, Men's Team Captain (they finished top of the table - congratulations!)
West Hants Men pulled off a fantastic win in our final top of the table clash at North Oxford LTC. A courageous win at number 1 for Ben who competed for over 3 hours and straight set wins for Piers and Luca left us 3-1 up after singles.
Having the trump card of Toby to join in the doubles, who kindly stopped off on his way up to Nottingham to compete in a junior ITF tournament helped tremendously and we secured both doubles wins to finish 5-1 winners.
This now means we will compete at our Club in September in the finals where the top 8 team nationally compete for the top spot, a fantastic achievement.
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*Our Ladies Team are in third place - well done everyone!* Match Report to follow...
West Hants mens team got back to winning ways with a 5-1 home win against Milton Keynes. With singles wins for Toby Samuel, Andy Phillips and Luca Mcmanus and a close 3 set loss for Ryan Golesworthy. Needing one win out of the doubles to secure victory, West Hants won both in straight sets which meant moving up to second place in the league.
Our final match on June 23rd is at North Oxford LTC who are currently top, in a match that will decide the overall winners of the league.
West Hants men couldn't capitalise on their match at Wimborne. Due to the rain and a lack of indoor courts at Wimborne the match was abandoned at 1-1 and the two teams shared the points.
This Sunday at home to Milton Keynes is where West Hants men need to win with maximum points and push up the league.
(Congratulations to Team Captain Andy who won the British Clay Court Seniors Title last weekend too! Read more...)
West Hants women's team won their first home match of the season on Sunday. In glorious sunshine, Esther, Lorelei, Jane and Debbie stormed to victory over tough opposition from Kings Tennis club in Bristol. Esther, Lorelei and Jane won 3 singles, with Debbie and Jane claiming number 2 doubles.
Next home match is June 2nd against league leaders, Halton. Support would be gratefully received!
West Hants men came unstuck at Halton in one of the toughest away fixtures on Sunday. Losing the match 5-1 meant the team drop to 3rd place in the league. There was good fight from the team but will be needing a comfortable win in our next match at Wimborne on June 2nd to keep our qualification dream alive.
The womens team lost a heartbreaking tiebreak shoot out on Sunday at Taunton. 2 of the 3 time breaks had match points to seal the tie for the visitors, but on a freezing cold windy day, it wasn't to be. Fortunately, the next 3 matches will be at home starting May 12th.
West Hants men won their 2nd match of the season 4-2 against Winchester at home on Sunday 14th April. This leaves them top of the South West Division in the National Open.
Singles wins for James Whike, Andy Phillips and Luca Mcmanus left them needing one rubber from the remaining 2 doubles matches for victory. This was done in a straightforward manner by James Whike and doubles specialist Ben Battey.
A tough day for Ryan Golesworthy who made his debut at number 1 but is sure to be a great asset for the team in the coming matches.
Match Report by Jane Bingham, Ladies Team Captain scroll down to see the results
West Hants Ladies team kicked off the season with a tough away win at the East Gloucester club in Cheltenham on Sunday.
New recruit, Taz Keens put on a polished display to beat her younger opponent at 1 singles. There were wins for Jane Binggam and Mollie Edge. Jane and Taz sealed the victory with a win at number 1 doubles. A successful start to the season. The team travels to Taunton on Sunday 14th April for the next fixture.
West Hants Men got off to a great start with a 5-1 win against Maidenhead in the Team Tennis National Open South West Division.
The four-man team consisting of Adam Glynn, Andy Phillips and debutants James Whike and Luca Mcmanus all won their singles matches in straight sets.
Adam and James won their doubles but Andy and Luca narrowly lost their rubber in a 3rd set tie-break. All in all a good day and a positive step towards our next match at home v Winchester on Sunday 14th April.
West Hants Men played at home and beat Maidenhead 5-1
MS1 Adam Glynn beat Lewis Brown 6-2 6-2
MS2 James Whike beat Philip Downs 6-3 6-1
MS3 Andrew Phillips beat Richard Timothy Ch Downs 6-2 6-2
MS4 Luca Mcmanus beat Gregor Webster 6-2 6-4
MD1 Adam Glynn &James Whike beat Lewis Brown & Gregor Webster 6-1 6-2
MD2 Andrew Phillips &Luca Mcmanus lost to Philip Downs & Richard Timothy Ch Downs 3-6 6-3 6-7
West Hants Women went away to beat East Gloucester 4-2
WS1 Olivia Rook lost to Taro Keens 6-7 1-6
WS2 Laura Eales beat Abbie Tyler 6-1 6-2
WS3 Esther Mary Curtis lost to Jane Elizabeth Bingham 1-6 6-2 3-6
WS4 Kathryn Cookson lost to Mollie Edge 2-6 2-6
WD1 Esther Mary Curtis & Olivia Rook lost to Jane Elizabeth Bingham & Taro Keens 6-7 4-6
WD2 Kathryn Cookson &Laura Eales beat Mollie Edge & Abbie Tyler 6-3 6-1
This LTA video explains more about Britain's biggest team competition - filming took place in 2018 and the setting may look familliar!