By Steve Evans
Experienced campaigners Nathalie Vioules and Mark Willis overcame spirited resistance from younger rivals to win the East Glos singles championships on Sunday.
Nathalie had to fight back from a 3-6 first set loss to overcome the talented 18-year-old Eleanor Findlay and win her third club championship. She took the second set 6-2 and then won a tense match tie-break 10-7.
Mark Willis, a recent addition to the club’s coaching team, denied 19-year-old Will Barrett his second club title, coming through 6-3, 7-5 in a high-quality match.
Eleanor Findlay enjoyed a double success in the doubles – she won the Ladies’ title with Esther Curtis, a 6-2, 6-1 win over Nathalie Vioules and Liz Cowan, and the mixed doubles with her coach Chris Warner, 6-3, 6-2 against Esther and Sammy Vrabtchev.
The men’s doubles brought success for Will Barrett and Mark Lunn, with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Tim Hinton and Roger Bell.
A innovation at this year’s finals, organised by tennis manager Steve Worsley, was the presence of LTA umpires and line judges thanks to sponsorship from Auto Village.
- Ladies’ 35-plus singles: Nathalie Vioules
- Ladies’ 35-plus doubles: Nathalie Vioules and Liz Cowan
- Men’s 35-plus singles: Mark Willis
- Men’s 35-plus doubles: Tim Hinton and Roger Bell
- Mixed 35-plus doubles: Liz Willmott and Mark Willis
- Ladies’ 50-plus singles: Liz Cowan
- Ladies’ 50-plus doubles: Liz Cowan and Liz Willmott
- Men’s 50-plus singles: Tony Smith
- Men’s 50-plus doubles: Tony Smith and Rob Elvidge
- Mixed 50-plus doubles: Liz Cowan and Rob Elvidge
- Ladies’ 60-plus doubles: Louise Dalglish and Sue Wood
- Men’s 60-plus doubles: Steve Evans and Chris Elliott
- Mixed 60-plus doubles: Sue Reynolds and Steve Osborne
- Ladies’ handicap singles: Maya Lewis-Chaplin
- Ladies’ handicap doubles: Sarah Watkiss and Angela Boyce
- Men’s handicap singles: Jack Downham
- Men’s handicap doubles: Nick Baghai and Jack Downham
- Mixed handicap doubles: Kate Fann and Nick Baghai
- 8 and under: Stanley Jones
- 9 and under: Arthur Hanson
- 10 and under: Sam Austin
- 12 and under girls: Lorna Willmott
- 12 and under boys: Sam Austin
- 14 and under girls: Anya Periera
- 14 and under boys: Joe McCoubrie
- 18 and under girls: Eleanor Findlay
- 18 and under boys: Sammy Vrabtchev
- Junior/senior event: Reece Ihle-Matthews and Sam Austin.