Sarratt Tennis Club Summer Tournaments 2020
Despite Covid, we held our usual summer tournaments again this year, culminating in the finals being played on a lovely, generally sunny, day on 6th September. This year we had 18 entrants for Men’s Singles, 6 pairs for Men’s Doubles and 6 pairs for Mixed Doubles with group and knockout matches being played over the summer.
The finals kicked off with the Men’s Singles Cup final between Paul Curtis and Paul Olney (who contested last year’s final). It was a gruelling fight pitching the Curtis heavy duty forehand against the determined defences of Olney. The defensive resilience of Olney eventually prevailed 6-2, 7-6.
Next up was the Men’s Singles Plate final between Simon Hammett and Rob Garvey. Rob abandoned his topspin game and opted for an effective undercut backspin approach. Simon showed his steady groundstrokes off both wings which had taken him to the final but Rob’s cautious approach paid off and he came out on top 6-2, 6-4.
The Men’s Doubles Cup final drew 3 exhausted players back on court and one fresher player (and clearly the crowd favourite), Richard Roberts. The line up was Simon Hammett/Paul Olney v Paul Curtis/Richard Roberts. The match was a curious affair flowing in one direction then another. Curtis/Roberts surged to a 3-0 lead in the first set before being pegged back and Hammett/Olney prevailed 6-4. Curtis/Roberts again took the initiative in the second set and were not to be denied this time, winning it 6-3. That led to a Championship Tie Break (first to 10 points or by 2 clear points thereafter) which was a cagey affair and which Hammett/Olney won 10-8 to become overall winners. The match could have gone either way and a particular mention must be made of the Roberts net play which saw him putting away every opportunity (to cheers and applause from his groupies).
The Mixed Doubles Cup final saw past winners Mike Rogers/Jo Horwood pitched against Team Ratliff (Nick and Merriss Ratliff, who turned out in nicely co-ordinated matching blue and white kits). This was a match which reminded spectators that there is an extra dimension to some tennis matches – the vertical. The canny and consistent Rogers/Horwood pairing carried the day winning 6-3,6-3.
Due to Covid we did not have a barbecue this year but we have every intention of reviving it in 2021. There was a very good turnout of members and other spectators and it was a great opportunity for everyone to catch up over a glass. Shirish Chauhan, as Club Chairman, gave out the Cups and Plate and a special thanks was given to Rob Hildick, Nick Ratliff and Dan Haynes for their excellent umpiring.”