Over 200 in Spring Open but it’s tough going for locals

Ed morris & oliver Humphries
Ed morris & oliver Humphries
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THE Doncaster Spring Open Tournament got back on track yesterday following a rain-hit day on Bank Holiday Monday.

The week-long tournament, which has attracted more than 200 players from all over the country, also suffered a rain delay on Sunday, but most of the scheduled matches were played.

Jake Prime

Jake Prime

The host club has suffered mixed fortunes in the opening days of the prestigious tournament.

Last year’s 10 and Under boys’ singles champion Vishnu Panikkar suffered a straight sets 6-1, 6-1 defeat at the hands of Daniel Simpson in the first round 14 and Under singles clash.

Oliver Humphries cleared the first round hurdle with a 6-1, 2-6, 10-6 win over Mikar Fisher, only to suffer a 6-2, 6-1 second round defeat against No 13 seed Rory Gaydon.

Edward Morris served up a 6-1, 6-3 first round win over Oliver Boulton, before bowing out in the second round 6-2, 6-3 at the hands of No 10 seed Ryan Baxter.

Jennifer Collins

Jennifer Collins

Wheatley’s Jack Pye also made it into the second round with a 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 win over Jacob Docx, only to lose interest in the competition following a battling 7-6, 3-6, 17-15 second round defeat by Oliver Green.

Doncaster’s Jonathan Warren, playing in a tournament of this grade for the first time, produced a spirited display in a 6-7, 7-6, 10-8 first round defeat against Sebastian Barker

Molly Jenkins, another young Doncaster player playing at this level for the first time, also gave a good account of herself in a 6-2, 6-4 girls’ 14 and Under singles first round defeat against Abigail Lemberger.

Clubmate Jenny Collins, another making her debut at this level, was unlucky to face No 2 seed Sophie Dodds in her first round tie, and suffered a 6-0, 6-0 defeat.

Jonathan Warren

Jonathan Warren

Doncaster’s Jake Prime served up a 6-2, 6-3 win over Adam Twigg in his boys’ 18 and Under singles first round tie.

Panikkar and Fisher joined forces to beat Gregory Garner and Oliver Green 5-7, 6-3, 10-6 in their boys’ 14 and Under doubles first round tie.

But they were handed a 6-1, 6-1 beating by Ryan Bainbridge and Martin Slater in their quarter-final tie.

Morris and Humphries, who received a first round bye, suffered a 6-4, 4-6, 10-8 quarter-final defeat against Lewis Cox and Aaron Young.

Prime also booked his place in the second round of the boys’ 16 and Under singles, but Humphries and Barlow were both knocked out.

The tournament also includes the Danum Windows Mini Tennis events for players aged 7 to 10 years, which will be played to a conclusion tomorrow. The Doncaster club fields a number of hopefuls including Elizabeth Morris, seeded No 4 in the girl’s event, Matthew Clegg, Cameron Bell and Matthew Mankel.

The event runs from 9.15am to 6pm every day. Admission is free.