HELENSBURGH Tennis Club's first Children in Need Lunch in the clubhouse today proved a massive success.
It is reckoned that the final proceeds will be in the region of £750, compared with £300 raised at last year's coffee morning.
HELENSBURGH Tennis Club welcomes Alan MacBeath, who will be taking the adult coaching starting with Thursday drills night on Thursday November 7, from 7-8.30pm for four weeks.
The drills will cover aspects of doubles, which is the format most members now play.
TWO more Helensburgh Tennis Club Lotto winners were announced today by organiser Gay Black.
The September winner was ever popular coach, officebearer and player Bobby Kerr, and the October winner was veteran ladies team player, past president and Scottish veteran internationalist Elspeth MacLean. Both will receive cheques for £20 shortly.
IT IS that time of year again when Helensburgh Tennis Club continues its annual support of the Children in Need appeal.
Ladies — and men — are invited to an excellent Lunch with wine and soft drinks in the clubhouse in aid of this very good cause, and generous donations are hoped for. Raffle prizes would also be welcomed.
Last year's Coffee Morning raised £300 for Pudsey, and it is hoped to exceed that this time.
TICKETS are now available for the annual Helensburgh Tennis Club Ceilidh being held in the clubhouse on Friday November 22 from 7.30-11pm.
HELENSBURGH 1st Ladies Senior team, having lost their last two matches against strong opposition from Western and David Lloyd Renfrew, were looking to turn around their fortunes on Thursday when, on a beautiful warm, sunny evening, they faced Bearsden at Suffolk Street.
With little to choose between the couples in the first set, Liz Wylie and Gay Black at 2nd pair, dug deep and managed to secure the set, only for their opponents to fade slightly in the remaining two sets, enabling Liz and Gay to collect them for the loss of only three games.
SUN drenched Helensburgh Tennis Club's annual President's and Vice-President's Tournament on Sunday . . . unusually for the summer of 2019.
President Keith Love, who does not yet have a Vice-President, presided over an afternoon of enjoyable and competitive mixed doubles.
THE NEXT event at Helensburgh Tennis Club is the President's & Vice-President's Tournament which will be held on Sunday from 12noon.
The committee look forward to seeing members there for this friendly mixed doubles event. Please bring something for tea.
HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid and partner Alfie Hewett completed a hat-trick of US Open mens doubles titles and led unprecedented success for Britain’s wheelchair tennis players in New York on Sunday.
It was the first time that players on the LTA’s GB Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme have won four titles at the same Grand Slam.
HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid and partner Alfie Hewett produced a fantastic performance on Thursday’s first day of US Open wheelchair competition, with the pair reaching their third successive mens doubles final at the last Grand Slam of the year.
Bidding for a hat-trick of doubles titles in New York, they sped to a 6-0, 6-3 victory over French top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.
HELENSBURGH Tennis Club's 1st Veteran Ladies, having lost half their team players from the 2018 season, were always going to find the going tough in division one, and so it proved.
They started their autumn campaign against the 2018 champions, Clarkston. Liz Wylie and Alison Fotheringham at 2nd couple took a little while to get going, losing the first set, but then they got their act together and were really unlucky to lose the second set on a tiebreak, having been ahead throughout the set.
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.
TWO Helensburgh Tennis Club Lotto winners were announced today by organiser Gay Black.
The July winner was member and musician Louise Burnet, for the second time this year, and the August winner was hon president Donald Fullarton. Both will receive cheques for £20 shortly.
THE FIRST of the Helensburgh Tennis Club finals days will take place this Saturday, beginning at 12 noon.
Even if you have not entered or managed to get to the later stages, you will be very welcome to join the finalists and other club members to enjoy some great competitive tennis.
Please join us for all or at least part of the afternoon — and bring something for tea.
HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid kept alive his hopes of lifting a singles title at the 30th British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships when he secured his place in the semi-finals on yesterday’s third day of play at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.
On another good day for players on the LTA’s GB Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme, Gordon took full advantage of an early break against Dutch wold no.9 Tom Egberink, carrying his form into the second set to complete a 6-3, 6-2 victory.
He will play world no.1 and 2017 British Open champion Gustavo Fernandez for a place in this year’s final.
After extending his unbeaten career record against Egberink to 16 matches, Gordon said: “Tom’s got a lot of confidence at the moment, but I was in control most of the match. It’s a good match up for me and I have a good plan against him.
"I feel like I’m striking the ball as well as I have done for the last couple of years. I’m happy with the way I’m playing and while it’s a big challenge against Gustavo, who is in the form of his life at the minute, I feel there’s definitely a chance to win it.”
There was added success for the Brit partnership of Gordon and Alfie Hewett.
The reigning US Open champions came from a set and 3-1 down to edge out 2018 British Open champions and reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champions Joachim Gerard of Belgium and Stefan Olsson of Sweden 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-4 to reach Saturday’s men’s doubles final.
HELENSBURGH Tennis Club hosted the annual District Doubles Veterans Tournament on Saturday.
Each local club takes turns in running and hosting the event, and it was Cardross's turn this year.
It was agreed that Helensburgh would host it and Cardross would run it.
Pairs from Cardross, Craighelen and Helensburgh battled it out in the sunshine.
The ladies final saw Cardross's Gillian Branch and Caroline McDaidand triumph over Helensburgh's Liz Wylie and Val Pace.
The mens final was between Cardross's Harry Gould and Steven Carmichael who played Helensburgh's Keith Love and Stephen Humphreys. After a nail biting match Cardross overcame the hosts to take the trophy.
The entry money collected will be donated to Robin House at Balloch.
The ladies pic shows from left Val Pace, Liz Wylie, Gillian Branch and Caroline McDaid; men Stephen Humphreys, Keith Love, Harry Gould and Steven Carmichael.
Photos by Bobby Kerr.
HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid and partner Alfie Hewett's quest for a fourth Wimbledon gentlemen’s doubles title ended in a 6-4, 6-3 loss to second seeds Joachim Gerard of Belgium and Stefan Olsson of Sweden today.
However, with them having beaten top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in the semi-finials, the reigning US Open champions are now looking ahead to returning to the British Open, where they secured their first major doubles title together in 2015.
World no.3 Alfie, the reigning US Open men’s singles champion and two-time doubles champion with Gordon, said: “It wasn’t to be today, but our level has still continued to improve compared to earlier in the year and so that’s a real positive as we kick on to the British Open and then the USA.
"Being back on Court Three today was brilliant, having the numbers we had and the British crowd behind us right to the very last point.”
Gordon added: “We probably gave them too many cheap points in a tight first set and then again in the second set.
"The second game in that second set lasted about ten minutes and we just weren’t as clinical on the big points as we were yesterday.”
BRITISH duo Alfie Hewett and Helensburgh's Gordon Reid will bid for a fourth successive Wimbledon gentlemen’s wheelchair doubles title today (Saturday) after beating French top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 6-3, 2-6 7-6(4) yesterday in a thrilling semi-final.
After taking a 3-1 first set lead, five-time Grand Slam doubles champions Hewett and Reid claimed the last three games of the opening set, but needed to find all their powers of recovery after dropping the last five games of the second set.
However, recover they did to earn their first match point at 5-3 up in the decider before Houdet and Peifer forced the final set tie-break.
A jubilant Gordon said: ‘”We’ve been able to spend more time on court as a team over the last couple of weeks and the confidence from that made all the difference today.
"On top of that there’s the atmosphere from just playing here in front of a home crowd and how much that helps us, too.”
Looking ahead to the final, in which they face Belgium’s Joachim Gerard and Stefan Olsson of Sweden for the second year in a row, Alfie said: "We played them here in the final last year and we dominated that match.
"They’ve had a tough three-setter too, so we’ll come up with a plan to give us the same result. We started really strongly so hopefully we’ll do the same.”