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Sunday, 21 July 2019 16:44

Cardross vets triumph

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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.

Saturday, 13 July 2019 17:20

Gordon misses out on doubles title

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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.”

Saturday, 13 July 2019 11:09

Could it be four in a row?

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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.”

 
Friday, 12 July 2019 13:55

Early exit for Gordon

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HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid went out of the Wimbledon mens singles in his firat match on Thursday.

World no.7 Gordon, who beat world no.1 Shingo Kunieda of Japan in the Roland Garros mens singles semi-finals last month, slipped to a 6-1, 6-1 loss to Kunieda in their latest meeting.

“It was an entirely different match to the one we played in France and, of course, I was coming off the back of reaching the final at Queen’s last month, so I was enjoying the grass," he said.

"But it was just one of those days. I think he only missed five first serves in the entire match.

"I’m looking forward to getting another chance in the doubles, whivch is very important for my partner Alfie Hewett and I as a team, and obviously we’ve won it for the last three years.”

They will face French top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer as the British duo aim for a fourth successive doubles crown.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 18:08

Annual vets event at club

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THE ANNUAL Helensburgh and District Vets Tournament is being held at the club on Saturday July 20.

If you have reached 40 years old by December 31 2018 you are eligible. The event starts at 12.30pm but please arrive around 12 noon for registration.

Try to enter with a partner, but one will be allocated if available.

Cardross Tennis Club is organising the event this year, and it is hoped there will be a good turn out.

Please return completed form to Graham Court, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07906-491904.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 17:54

Gordon faces world no.1

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HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid has been drawn against the top singles seed in The Championships, Wimbledon, tomorrow (Thursday).

Gordon, the inaugural Wimbledon gentlemen’s wheelchair singles champion in 2016, will face world no.1 Shingo Kunieda of Japan in this year’s quarter-finals.

Their last meeting at a Grand Slam was in last month’s Roland Garros semi-finals, with the burgh man prevailing in three sets to reach his first Grand Slam singles final since 2016.

The eleven-time Grand Slam champion, who has moved up one place to men’s singles world No.7 this week, said: "I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing Shingo for the first time competitively on grass.

"He is top seed for a reason, but I feel I have the game to cause him a lot of problems on this surface.” 

Gordon and partner Alfie Hewett will open their bid for a fourth successive Wimbledon gentlemens doubles title against French top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer, the duo the Brits beat in both the 2016 and 2017 finals at The Championships and last year’s US Open men’s doubles final.

Tuesday, 09 July 2019 10:05

Good response to Wimbers tournament

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MEMBERS of Helensburgh Tennis Club celebrated the 2019 Wimbledon tournament with a tournament of its own on Saturday.

Eighteen members enjoyed a sunny morning’s tennis, playing mixed doubles. In the final Iain MacLaren and Susan Russell, the section A winners, met the winners of section B, Mike Bews and Phyllis Fullarton.

Despite Phyllis carrying an arm injury she felt she could not let down her partner and went straight on court following her final section match.

Iain and Susan lost only five games in their section and were hot favourites, but the final was neck and neck until the deciding game when Iain hit a winning forehand to seal the match.

Following the prize giving, the players enjoyed traditional Wimbledon fare with strawberries and cream and a light buffet. Thanks go to social convener Fiona MacLaren and her team for a great spread.

 

Tuesday, 09 July 2019 09:29

Mens 1st retain league status

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HELENSBURGH Tennis Club's mens 1st team concluded their West League season with mixed results last week.

Visitors Bishopton proved too strong for the team beating them 7-2 on Frida,y but a great 6-3 win earlier in the week against Titwood secured division three tennis for another year.

Stephen Lewis and David Reid won 6-1, 6-4, 6- 4 at 1st couple. At 2nd Phil Hamilton and David McCowan struggled through the opening two sets but came back to force the tie break in the final set.

The pair had set points but just could not find the winning shot and eventually went down 11-9. Alastair Hope and Keith Love were in devastating form at 3rd couple winning 6-2, 6-0, 6-0.

Team captain Stephen Lewis praised his side’s performance in securing division three tennis next year. He said: “We had a lot of tough matches this year, but the players dug deep and displayed grit and determination to get as many sets as possible for the club.”

The men’s 2nd team also performed well, currently sitting 5th in their division with one match still to play.

Team captain Keith Love admitted that his side struggled early in the season because of injuries but once all his players returned they produced the goods. 

The club will host the annual District men’s and ladies veterans doubles tournament on Saturday July 20.

The event will be organised this year by Cardross Tennis Club, and players from all four local clubs are invited to send players who should be aged 40 years by December 31 2018 to qualify.

Sunday, 30 June 2019 14:24

Mens 1st confidence justified

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HELENSBURGH Tennis Club's mens 1st team played host to David Lloyd West End last week — and team captain Stephen Lewis had high hopes as he was fielding his strongest team.

At 1st couple David Reid (pictured) and Fraser Fulton started off well going into a 3-0 lead but they soon saw their opponents catch up and go into a 5-4 lead.

The Helensburgh pair got their act together and won the next three games to take the opening set 7-5. They were in full command from then on as they took the next two sets 6-3, 6-2.

At 2nd couple Stephen Lewis and Kevin Stephen also got off to a great start winning the opening set 6-3. A lack of concentration in the middle set saw them lose it 6-2, but they bounced back to take the decider 6-3.

The 3rd pair of David McCowan and Phil Hamilton were also in great form at the start of the match, taking the opening set 6-4. The pair felt they were in full command of the match as they led in the second set but a number of missed net shots and poor serving lost them both that set and the third.

So the final score was a 6 – 3 win. The team have their last two matches this week, home to Bishopton and away to Titwood.

The men’s 2nd team captain Keith Love has struggled to field his strongest team this season because of injuries and various other reasons, but that did not stop him recording a great win at Drumchapel.

Allan Adam and Phil Charman at 1st couple were in great form winning easily 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in less than 70 minutes. It was a similar story at 2nd couple where Iain MacLaren and Stephen Humphreys won 6-2, 6-0, 6-2.

Keith and Archie Russell had a very tough match at 3rd couple as they were coasting in the opening set leading 4-2 when the visitors suddenly upped their game winning the next five games. At 6-5 down Keith and Archie won the next game to force the tie break only to see all their hard work vanish as Drumchapel took it 7-4.

The Helensburgh pair came back to take the next set 6-3 and went into the decider full of confidence. All four players held their serve throughout the set and they were soon at another tie break.

The lead changed several times and Helensburgh had a set point at 6-5 but Drumchapel held on and soon it was their chance to take the set at 8-7. They served wide to Keith but he played the shot of the night and hit a great forehand down the line to save the set point.

Drumchapel soon had a second set point but this time they pushed forward and volleyed a winner passed Archie to grab the set. The final score was a great 7-2 win for Helensburgh.

The men’s 3rd team played host to Newlands and recorded their first win of the season.

Maurice McIntyre and Raymond Mathers at 1st tcouple went into their match full of confidence and almost won the opening set, just losing out 6-4. It was all downhill after that as they lost the next two sets 6-1, 6-1.

It was a different story on court two as Ralph Ward and Clive Charters took all three sets 6- 4, 7-6, 6-0.

Mike Wright and Charles Craver at 3rd couple took the first two sets 6- 0, 6-3. In the deciding set all four players won their opening serve games but Helensburgh seemed to lose concentration and dropped both their next service games and lost the set 6-2. 

However the final score was a 5-4 win.

Friday, 28 June 2019 11:05

West of Scotland Senior Open

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THE 2019 West of Scotland tournament for senior player age groups will be played at Scotstoun Leisure Centre from Thursday to Sunday October 24-27.

Mens and womens singles and doubles events will be organised for the 40, 55 and 70 & Over age categories.

In all doubles events, all matches up to the final match will be played over a 4-5 hour time slot on allocated. Pairs will be guaranteed more than one match on the day and formats will be adapted to the number of entries.

Doubles events will remain competitive but much more social and without the uncertainty of players committing to all four days of the tournament.

The doubles final of each age group will be played on finals day, Sunday October 27, unless there are four or less pairs, when the event will be completed on the first day of play.

Tennis West of Scotland hopes that these changes will encourage more club pairs to enter. 

One round of singles will be played per day with each singles draw having a maximum size of 16 players.

Friday, 28 June 2019 10:56

Two Lotto winners!

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TWO winners were announced today by Helensburgh Tennis Club Lotto organiser Gay Black.

The May winner was Allan Naismith, while Jill Fulton — who also won the January draw — scooped the June prize. Their £20 cheques are on the way.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 10:12

Time for Wimbers

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HELENSBURGH Tennis Club's Wimbledon strawberries and cream mixed tournament wiil be held on Saturday July 6 from 10am.

Join the club's Saturday morning regulars for some fun tennis — and bring your own strawberries!

The annual District Vets tournament is on Saturday July 20 at HLTC.  The event is being organised by Cardross Tennis Club, and details and an application form are below.

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Monday, 24 June 2019 10:24

All set for junior camp

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HELENSBURGH Tennis Club’s popular junior summer camp gets underway next Monday with a week long programme of fun games, match practise, tennis drills and much more.

Katie Hope looks forward to welcoming 5-8 year-olds in the morning 10am to 12noon and 9-13 year-olds 1-3pm.  

In match news the ladies 3rd team had a busy week with two matches, both of which ended in narrow defeats.

In their first match the team played host to Busby where 1st couple Fiona MacLaren and Gillian Knust were very unlucky not to win the opening set as they lost it 7-6 in the tie break. They took the next set 6-3 with a great performance from both ladies, but the visitors came back strong however in the decider taking it 6-2

At 2nd couple Jane Carroll and Shona Bulloch were always behind in the opening set but held on and forced the tie break at 6-6. Both pairs had opportunities but it was Helensburgh who forced the pace and took the set. Sadly it was Busby who ended up the stronger pair and took the next two sets.

Third pair Susan Russell and Barbara Gillies found their opponents too consistent despite almost winning the second set, losing it narrowly-5. The Final score wqs a 7-2 defeat.

The ladies were back on court a few days later when they travelled to Drumchapel.

Fiona MacLaren and Fiona Hannay were outgunned 3-0 at 1st couple against a hard hitting pair. Jane Carroll and Shona Bulloch took the opening set 6-2 with both players outhitting their opponents from the back of the court. They narrowly lost out on the next set but bounced back to take the decider with a great 6-4 win.

It was a similar story at 3rd couple with Helensburgh’s Ann McKelvie and Barbara Gillies taking the opening set 7-5 only to narrowly lose the second set 6-4. Ann and Barbara dug deep and changed tactics in the deciding set which proved a winning formula and they took it 6-4 to make the final score a narrow 5-4 defeat.

Helensburgh 1st Ladies team ended their summer season with defeat to a very strong Newlands side who, at the end of the evening, were declared the overall winners of West League division 1/1.

The third couple of Gay Black and Alison Fotheringham enjoyed a competitive first set but their opponents stepped up their game a notch to collect the second and third sets. Suzanne Marshall and Sue Macrae, at second pair, faced a former world champion and the recent winner of the West of Scotland U15 championships and were, despite their best efforts, unable to make any impression on the visitors.

Katie Hope and Ann Morison started strongly, taking the lead in the first set, but they could not quite maintain their momentum, losing out 7-5.  Newlands then really hit their stride and, with fine serving and volleying, the Glasgow pair won the remaining two sets.

With the loss of three ladies from last year, this has been a challenging season for the team in a very strong division, but captain Ann Morison has been full of praise for the fighting spirit and commitment of her players.

Sunday, 23 June 2019 11:06

Gordon loses two finals

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HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid and doubles partner Alfie Hewett made history today (Sunday) when they contested the first ever wheelchair tennis ranking tournament final at the Fever-Tree Championships at The Queen’s Club in London.

Gordon put up a resilient performance to recover and beat two-time Wimbledon champion Stefan Olsson 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in yesterday’s semi-finals, inflicting the Swede’s first defeat on the capital’s grass-courts since 2016.

Meanwhile, Alfie came out best in blustery conditions to beat fellow Brit Dermot Bailey 6-2, 6-3 in the other semi-final.

In today's final Alfie maintained his good form with a 6-2, 7-5 victory. He got the better of three breaks of serve in the first four games of the mens singles final to take an early 3-1 lead over former Wimbledon champion Gordon and maintained his consistency to seize the initiative.

The burgh man gained the first break of the second set to edge 4-3 ahead. However, Alfie responded and a service hold to love gave the 21-year-old reigning US Open champion a 6-5 lead.

A double fault from Gordon brought up match point and Alfie calmly manoeuvred himself into place to wrap up victory over the world no.8 with a forehand down the line winner.

Although finishing runner-up Gordon is looking forward to trying to reclaim the Wimbledon title he won in 2016.

He said: It’s been a good week. I had a good win yesterday against Stefan Olsson, the defending Wimbledon champion and a good player on grass, so I’m happy with my tennis this week.

"I’ve got a few things to work on from today’s match, but that’s the reason we’re here to play the games before Wimbledon and get to used to playing on the grass again.”

Alfie and Gordon then contested the mens doubles final against top seeds Joachim Gerard and Stefan Olsson.

Back on court for the final less than an hour after their singles final, the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champions were never able to find anything near their best tennis, and reigning Australian Open and British Open champions Gerard and Olsson added their names to the historic roll of honour at The Queen’s Club.

 

Saturday, 22 June 2019 11:21

Gordon in final at Queen's

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HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid featurd in the mens wheelchair singles semi-finals at the Fever-Tree Championships today (Saturday) at The Queen’s Club in London.

Gordon beat Stefan Olsson of Sweden, the winner of last year’s exhibition singles event, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5

He recovered well yesterday from a stuttering start against Frenchman Gaetan Menguy to ease to the opening set of his quarter-final, and although the former Wimbledon champion may not have been at his best, he dropped just one point in the last three games to wrap up a 6-2, 6-2 victory.

The inaugural Wimbledon wheelchair men’s singles champion in 2016, said: “It’s fantastic. We had an exhibition here last year — the first time we were part of this event — so it was great to turn that into an international tournament this year.

It was about finding my way with the grass today. Because of the weather this week, we’d not had a chance to train on the grass until this morning.

"So I was just getting used to the way the ball was getting through the court and finding the movement is the thing that’s most different for us.

"Once I got that out of the way in the first set, I relaxed more in the second set and started playing some good stuff.” 

Wheelchair tennis at The Fever-Tree Championships continues until tomoeeow, with Gordon and Alfie Hewett pairing up for the doubles semi-finals.

 

Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:09

Gordon set for Wimbledon

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HELENSBURGH"S Gordon Reid is one of four British players from the LTA’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme who will contest the wheelchair events at The Championships, Wimbledon, next month after wildcards were announced yesterday for Gordon, Andy Lapthorne, and Jordanne Whiley.

The wheelchair players are part of a total of fourteen Brits in the singles main draws at The Championships.

Gordon, the first ever Wimbledon gentlemen’s wheelchair singles champion in 2016, will play at The Championships for the ninth time and the current world no.8’s wildcard award means he will partner Alfie Hewett in a bid to make it four successive gentlemen’s singles titles.

The eleven-time Grand Slam champion, who was men’s singles finalist at Roland Garros this year, said: Wimbledon obviously holds so many great memories for me after winning four tittles there over the past three years, so I’m very happy and grateful to have been awarded the wildcard.

"It’s always a privilege to play at your home Grand Slam and such a buzz to win the major titles with the home crowd behind you, as Alfie and I have experienced.

"Hopefully I can take my good form on the clay and the hard courts in Paris over the past two weeks on to the grass courts."

Current world no.3 Alfie, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, who added doubles victories partnering Gordon at Wimbledon and the US Open to his 2018 US Open singles title, said: "I'm incredibly excited for Wimbledon this year and for the prospect of trying to make it four doubles titles in a row with Gordon. There is no better feeling than winning a Grand Slam title in front of a home crowd."

Monday, 17 June 2019 17:39

Junior summer camp planned

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HELENSBURGH Tennis Club is holding a junior summer camp from Monday to Friday July 1-5, taken by Katie Hope and her team of helpers.

Please do not send any money now — all payments at the first class, either by cash or by cheques made payable to Katie Hope. Cost per Day £12, Week £50.

Drills, Match Practice and Fun & Games: 5-8 yrs 10am-12noon (can stay for lunch), 9-13yrs 1pm-3pm (come early for lunch), Lunch 12-1pm bring packed lunches, or snacks available to buy from tuck shop.

Wet weather arrangements: Indoor Tennis/Fitness/Table Tennis/Games.

Application forms should be returned to Katie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Monday July 1.

Monday, 17 June 2019 10:45

Tough tie on new courts

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HELENSBURGH Tennis Club mens 1st team travelled to Glasgow’s west end to play Hillhead last week. The club has new artificial clay courts and this coupled with the fact that their hosts currently sit at the top of the division, the boys knew it would be a difficult tie.

At 1st couple, Fraser Fulton and Stephen Lewis got off to flyer bagging the opening set 6-3. Hillhead came back strongly and took the next set 6-4, but Fraser and Stephen moved up a gear and took the final set 6-3.

Second couple Phil Hamilton and David McCowan were outclassed 3-0 as they could not match the consistency of their opponents.

At 3rd couple Bill Ram and Bobby Kerr struggled in their opening set and lost it 6-3. They got their act together and were serving for the second set at 5-3. However they could not find the winning shots to convert the set and eventually lost it 7-5, then went on to lose the final set 6-2 to make the final score a 7-2 defeat.

The men’s 2nd team travelled to Nuffield Milngavie where Bill Ram and Philip Charman narrowly lost 7-6, 6-3, 7-5. Stephen Humphreys and Iain MacLaren (pictured) lost their opening set 6-1 and almost took the 2nd set but narrowly lost it on a tie break. They were determined to get something from the night and took the final set 6-1.

Keith Love and Paul Clifford made too many mistakes in their opening two sets but came back to get a set 6-4, making the final score a 7-2 defeat.

The ladies 2nd team were at Giffnock where Carol Bews and Morag Cawley at firsttcouple won their first two sets 6-2, 6-4. The final set was also going their way but a late comeback saw their hosts take it 6-4.

Joanna Crumless and Sue Macrae at second couple won their first set easily 6- 1 but lost the next two sets 6-3, 6-4.

It was a case of mixed fortunes at third couple where Jackie Hunter and Janette Howieson lost the first set 6-0 but came back to win the next set 6-4. It was neck and neck in the final set but a break of serve saw the pair go behind and they eventually lost the set. to make the final score a 5-4 defeat.

The 1st ladies 60+ team, playing their last match of the season, had an easy win against Hillhead 2. Jackie Hunter and Gay Black at 1st couple won 6-0, 6- 1, 6-1 and Janette Howieson and Fiona MacLaren won 6-1, 6-2, 6-0.  The team finished an impressive third in the division.

There will be a summer camp for juniors from Monday July 1 to Friday July 5. Full details will be issued shortly and anyone interested in booking a place should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monday, 10 June 2019 11:19

Fun, games and charity cash

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PLAYERS from all four clubs joined together to raise funds for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon. The annual tournament is held in memory of Marie Dixon who coached at the local clubs.

The mixed doubles tournament at the Helensburgh club saw Bobby Kerr and Frankie Hanmer of the host club beat Cardross’s Graham Court and Helensburgh’s Anne McKelvie in a thrilling final. A total of £418 was raised through entry fees, donations and a raffle.

Helensburgh club president Keith Love said he was delighted with the turnout and thanked everyone who had helped make it a special day.

Marie Dixon’s children, Angus, Eric and Maeve and their families were on hand to present the prizes to the finalists, and Maeve is pictured with Bobby and Frankie (click on the picture to enlarge).

A very special handmade quilt donated by Libby Crossan was one of the prizes up for grabs and was won by a delighted Anne McKelvie.

In match news the mens 1st team travelled across the river to Greenock to play Ardgowan. Fraser Fulton and Kevin Stephen at first couple were very unlucky losing the opening set 7-5. They went up 3-0 up in the second but they lost their rhythm and struggled to hit winners and their opponents clawed their way back to take the next two sets.

At second ouple David McCowan and Stephen Lewis were in great form taking all three sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.  At third couple 2nd team captain Keith Love, brought in for the injured Bobby Kerr, and partner Alastair Hope narrowly lost the opening set 6-4 and saw the second set slip away from them 6-3. They almost took the final set as they led throughout, but a break of serve at the vital eleventh game saw them losing it 7-5, so the final score was a 6-3 defeat.

The ladies 1st team travelled to Titwood for their penultimate match of the 2019 season on an extremely wet and miserable night. With conditions making even half decent tennis almost an impossibility, it was a frustrating evening.

At 3rd couple Alison Fotheringham and Gay Black put up strong resistance but narrowly lost the first two sets. Their opponents then could not stand the conditions any longer and conceded the final set to Helensburgh.

Liz Wylie and Suzanne Marshall faced a very strong 2nd couple but, despite their best efforts, they were unable to make much impression on the home pair losing out in all three sets.

The match between the 1st couples mirrored the one between the 3rd couples, with Katie Hope and Ann Morison fighting hard but not quite able to secure either of the first two sets.

However, when it was becoming almost impossible to hold the racquet and the courts were very wet, the Titwood duo decided that they had had enough and conceded the final set to Helensburgh, giving Titwood an overall 7-2 victory.

Sunday, 09 June 2019 18:10

Gordon loses Paris final

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HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid is looking ahead to an exciting summer of wheelchair tennis after the 11-time Grand Slam champion and Saturday’s French Open runner-up contested his first men’s singles final at one of the four majors since Wimbledon in 2016.

The world no.8 lost to no.2 Gustavo Fernandez 6-1, 6-3 as he met the Argentinian in the final in Paris for the second time since 2016 — a year in which the Brit also won his first two Grand Slam singles titles and became Britain’s first Paralympic mens singles gold medallist.

Despite missing out on a third Grand Slam singles title, the former Australian Open and Wimbledon champion is now focussed on a string of major events this summer.

At the end of an encouraging week that saw Reid beat world No.1 Shingo Kunieda in the semi-finals, he said:There are a lot more positives to take away than negatives this week. Obviously, you come into every tournament trying to win it and when you don’t do that it’s disappointing. Today I played some good tennis, I just didn’t do it consistently enough to win the title.

“These are the kind of matches you want to be involved in. That’s what you train for and work hard for. So it’s good motivation and inspiration for what’s to come. It’s given me a lot of confidence this week and hopefully I can take that on to the grass now."

Gordon and fellow Roland Garros semi-finalist Alfie Hewett are among a field of eight players for the wheelchair tennis event at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club from June 21-23.

He added:It’s the first time we’ve had an official world ranking tournament at Queen’s this year and that’s really exciting. Last year’s exhibition singles and doubles tournament was great, but it’s exciting to have a ranked tournament this year.

“Of course, Wimbledon is the highlight of the year for us British players, so I can’t wait to be back there, hopefully. And then we’re back on hard courts in Nottingham for our home Super Series, the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships.”

Gordon will need a wildcard for Wimbledon before he can aim for more Grand Slam success and he and Hewett can target a fourth men’s doubles title.

But in the more immediate future the focus for him and some of the other leading Brits on the LTA’s GB Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme is the BNP Paribas Open de France, the fourth wheelchair tennis Super Series event of the year.

The tournament begins on Tuesday in the Parisian suburb of Antony, some 20 minutes by car from Roland Garros.

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