Monday, 26 August 2019 13:14

Alastair regains title

Written by Bobby Kerr

IN THE second finals day at Helensburgh Tennis Club on Saturday  the first matches to be played were the over 40s events.

In the mens singles current holder Kevin Stephen was up against veteran Alastair Hope in a repeat of the 2017 final when Kevin won by the narrowest margins in the deciding tie break.

This year it was revenge for Alastair (pictured) as he wore down his opponent in a series of long baseline rallies

He proved too consistent with very few mistakes, and won back the title in two sets. In the ladies singles Catherine Court was in her debut final against Alison Fotheringham.

The first set went to Catherine 6-2, but the next set however was a much closer affair. Alison dug deep and was determined to take the set to force a deciding champions tie break.

Catherine went 4-2 ahead but Alison came back to lead 5-4 and at 40-15 had two sets points. But she failed to take advantage and Catherine clawed her way back and stole the set to claim the title.

In other over 40s matches Keith Love and Clive Charters won the mens doubles, Liz Wylie and Val Pace the ladies doubles, and Catherine Court and Ralph Ward the mixed doubles.

In the new over 50s handicapped mens doubles Keith Love and Ralph Ward were back on court and had a very close match against Graham Court and Clive Charters.

Keith and Ralph went into an early lead and managed to keep their nose in front to eventually win 7-5, 7-5.

The ladies 3rd vets team were in action against Mount Vernon, when 1st couple Carolan Dobson and Barbara Gillies were up against a very experienced partnership, losing all three sets.

Second couple Jane Carroll and Shona Bulloch took the opening set 6-3 and had to battle hard to win the second in a tie break.

As the opposition got into their stride Jane and Shona let the final set slip away, eventually losing it 6-2 to make the final score a 4-2 defeat.