Young aces flourishing at Leverstock Green Tennis Club

From left, Keziah Buckley, Tessa Cawley, Carl Pearce and Daniel Nickalls were the main draw finalists in the Winter Singles competition at Leverstock Green Tennis Club
From left, Keziah Buckley, Tessa Cawley, Carl Pearce and Daniel Nickalls were the main draw finalists in the Winter Singles competition at Leverstock Green Tennis Club

The Winter Singles champions have been crowned at Leverstock Green Tennis Club, with youngsters showing their older club-mates a thing or two about hitting winners on the court.

The winners and runners-up of the main draw were all teenagers, with 18-year-old Keziah Buckley taking the ladies’ title and Carl Pearce, 15 , winning the men’s event. Tessa Cawley, 15, and 16-year-old Daniel Nickalls were runners-up.

In the plate competition, Caroline Nickalls and Elliot Lane took top honours, with Claire Ward and Mark Wilson finishing second in the ladies’ and men’s competitions, respectively.

Meanwhile, the Clapham Cup American Tournament took place on Easter Monday, with more than 30 entrants enjoying the spring sunshine.

The winners on the day were Antony Woof and Deborah Price, who beat off the competition of runners-up Tracey Dalmon and Rob Harley.

In other news at the club, officials from Herts LTA visited LGLTC to find out how they are so successful in getting youngsters to keep playing tennis.

The Leverstock Green girls’ squads currently include more than 30 youngsters from the age of 10 to 17, and the club has been also impressing county officials with the number of locally produced female coaches.

Leverstock currently have six coaches aged between 17 and 19, and earlier this month Herts LTA officials went to meet the girls and find out what is the secret to the club’s success in a sport where there is a general shortage of young female coaches.

Leverstock Green head coach Graham Fish praised the girls, saying they have been an inspiration to everyone at the club and have all become very confident young individuals.

Meanwhile, the club will hold their first open day of the year on Sunday to give any potential new members an opportunity to have a look at the facilities and have a friendly game of tennis.

There will be a chance for guests to experience free 30-minute adult sessions from 10am, depending on experience, and/or join in the social tennis which will run as normal.

There will also be free junior sessions running from 2pm to 4pm which are open to potential new members and existing junior members.

Anybody who joins the club on the day will receive a 20 per cent discount to the membership fee.