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There were two important changes to the Rules adopted at the 2017 AGM. Please take time to

read Rules III.6f and Rule III.8d (see below for link to Rules)



FINALS DAY took place at Frinton on Sea LTC on 2nd September. It was a sunny day but spoiled by a shower around 2pm which delayed play. All the results are shown on the link below.

To see the Results please CLICK HERE


To see the previous winners of the Cups/Shields (often going back some 70-80 years!)

please click on the link at the bottom of the page.




The Stringers World Colchester and District Individual Tournament finals took place last weekend at Frinton Lawn Tennis Club.

In the Open events Andy Reid successfully defended his singles title when he defeated Tom Peek 6-1 6-2, and also his doubles title with Henry Arrell, winning 6-2 6-3 against Mark Grover and Dan Nowell.

There was a new champion in the Ladies singles. Anne Burton just managed to survive a spirited fightback from Hannah Thompson to win 6-1 7-5. Burton was also able to retain the Ladies doubles with Julie Sexton despite dropping the first set winning 3-6 6-2 6-3 against Sophie Bardrick and Fiona Courtauld.

Bardrick, though, had a very successful day in the Mixed doubles when playing with Geoff Digby as they won both the Open, defeating Simon Alabaster and Courtauld 6-3 6-3 and the Over 40s against Richard and Julie Sexton 6-2 2-6 6-4.

In other Over 40s events Andrew Knights won the singles when Pierre Smith pulled out with injury. Despite this, Knights and Smith, teamed together, managed to win the Mens doubles 6-3 6-1 against Colin Minter and John Oates. Lynn Lennard-Jones defeated Jill Crown 6-2 6-3 in the singles and Jenny King and Soozi Moffat were 6-1 6-3 winners over Sexton and Burton in the Ladies doubles.

The Over 55s Mens doubles produced surprise victors when Rob Boyd and Martin Picker defeated the number one seeds, Richard Arrell and Richard Sexton 7-5 7-5. Jill Crown and **Joan Hassell won the Ladies doubles 6-3 6-3 against Sue Bennett and Sue Lomas. Sexton and Lennard-Jones beat last year's champions, Richard Arrell and Kerry Porter, 4-6 6-4 6-2 in the Mixed doubles.

Miles Black who, despite his young age, has been playing for Wivenhoe men in the team competition, won both the U12 and U14 boys singles defeating Alexander Skinner 3-6 6-1 6-0 and Reace Figaji 6-1 6-3. Francesca Hughes retained her U14 girls singles title but was made to fight much harder by last year's runner-up, Lizzie Thompson, before winning 6-4 4-6 6-4. Spike Owen-Evans and Tom Thatcher won the U14 Boys doubles beating Gus Pattinson and A.J. Putman-Slack 6-3 7-6 and in the U18 boys singles James Howarth came out on top in a tough battle with Michael Kelly 6-3 4-6 6-3.

Some compensation was found for the Open singles runners-up in the Restricted events. Hannah Thompson defeated Sophie Bardrick 6-3 6-0 in the Ladies singles and also won the Mixed doubles with Shaun Robinson 6-4 6-2 against Sue Bennett and Adam Gadenne. In the Mens doubles, Tom Peek, playing with his father, Dave, eventually came out on top against Tim Elliott and Danny Saffer, 6-7 7-5 6-4.

The final match on court, the Married couples doubles, saw the Sextons defeat Anne and Mike Burton 6-7 6-2 10-6TB. This victory came 25 years after they won against Julie's parents to claim this event for the first time.

**Joan Hassell is once again captain of the Great Britain Over 75s team, playing in Miami this year



The Colchester & District Tennis League is very pleased to announce that the League will be sponsored by Mr Bob Smith of 'Stringers World' in Brantham. He is probably well known to many of you but for those who would like further information about 'Stringers World' please



(recent Results)

- please CLICK HERE to view.


In order to help spread the Colchester tennis message I would like to include a link on the C&D Tennis League website to the individual websites of all the League's affiliated Clubs. Several Clubs have now made use of this offer. If an affiliated Club wishes to send me their link (to I will be pleased to record it on our Home Page (see below).

Additionally Clubs may like to record a link to the Colchester and District Tennis League on their websites. It is