Busy few weeks for Louth’s tennis players

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Louth Indoor Tennis Centre travelled to Caistor last Wednesday in the North Kelsey Midweek League and had a convincing win.

Richard ‘Dibber’ Clark and Ian Roscoe played Jon Challen and Ryan Page in the mens doubles and Ruth East and Janet Shepherd took on Paula Raven and Sharon Prudhoe in their doubles. Ruth partnered Dibber in the mixed and Janet played with Ian. The score was 75–9 to Louth.

In the North Kelsey Weekend League Louth played played on the indoor courts which they were very happy about considering the cold and miserable conditions outside.

Jason Foxon played with Dibber Clark in the mens doubles and Sue Baggott played with Janet Shepherd in the ladies doubles. In the mixed, Dibber played with Janet and Jason played with Sue.

Louth won very comfortably by 71 games to 9.

Louth’s under 16 team travelled to Lincoln to play Burton Waters in the AEGON Tennis League last weekend.

This was the first outdoor match they had played this season and it was soon apparent that they were finding it hard to adapt to the conditions.

Cameron Elliot battled back from a disappointing first set to win a nail biting third set tie break.

Daniel Vasey had a close second set in his match and Charles Redmile, having lost the first set, hit back in the second with four straight games in a row.

This set also slipped from his grasp and with Jack Gorst bravely losing a third set tie break thriller the team were 3-1 when entering the doubles phase.

Again, the team from Burton Waters adapted well to the outdoor conditions and took both rubbers winning the match 5-1.

Louth Ladies Tennis Centre’s Aegon team also took on a strong Grantham team featuring county players.

Madelaine Verdegal, playing at No 1 finally overcame her County Captain, Lianne Tapson in a championship tie break in the third set.

Faye Button, playing at No 2 upped her game to beat Helen Povah who was making a return to the game after a long term injury. Sally Dunnett, at No 3 found herself up against an experienced player, Sarah Patton and could not quite find the form she had in the previous match.

Captain, Ruth East at No 4 had an easy win against an inexperienced opponent in Jo Carlisle. Louth went into the Doubles with a 3-1 lead.

The 1st pairing of Madelaine and Faye had an exciting game against Lianne and Helen finally losing out in a Championship tie break while the 2nd pairing of Sally and Ruth kept their heads to beat Sarah and Jo the nd Grantham couple 6-1 6-2 giving Louth a 4-2 victory.

The team have only one match left to play against Boston and if they win that they will gain promotion.