Sidmouth Tennis Club celebrates unprecedented summer success
- Credit: Sidmouth Tennis Club
In a week which saw Emma Raducanu break all kinds of seemingly unbreakable records to win The US Open, our very own, predominantly much older adults at Sidmouth were celebrating their own brand of Grand Slam victory.
While our two mixed teams finished as worthy runners up in their respective divisions, incredibly, four out of the five squads fielded in the Exeter and District League have secured promotion as either winners or runners up in their divisions.
All three Ladies' teams have catapulted themselves up the ranks with what can only be described as great team work, commitment and mutual support.
Firstly, Ladies' A, playing in Division 2 and captained by Viv Bess, ended their season with a hard-fought win over Division winners Budleigh Salterton. As runners up, Sidmouth will be preparing now to join Budleigh in Division 1 next summer.
Ladies' B, captained by Marlene Maynard, had an amazing summer season winning, nine out of their ten matches and drawing one to finish winners of Division 3, twelve points ahead of runners' up, Seaton B. Consequently, both seaside squads will find themselves having to up their game in Division 2 next summer.
Even more significantly, Ladies' C, under the captaincy of Francis Ionov, romped to a brilliant 14-point victory in Division 6, showing that Sidmouth, as a club, is really on the up. They will head to Division 5 next summer secure in the knowledge that they have both experience and young talent available to challenge for further promotion.
Where there is also experience, youth and talent in abundance is in Sidmouth's Men's A team, who deservedly conquered their Division opposition this summer and will be competing in Division 3 next year. Under the captaincy of Greg Shipp, and against stiff opposition, the team won 6 out of their 10 games and landed the division by 6 points. Well done boys!
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A really successful summer for Sidmouth Tennis Club and for Emma Raducanu - as amateurs, we can only aspire and dream but then, as the tennis folk at Sidmouth have shown, why not?
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