Tennis: Ace fun for mini smashers

Young tennis players had the chance to play in their first tennis tournament held at Hallamshire Tennis Club

Young tennis players had the chance to play in their first tennis tournament held at Hallamshire Tennis Club

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All great tennis players have to play their first match at some point.

And who knows whether the next Andy Murray, or indeed Jonny Marray, were hitting their first serves in anger last Sunday at Hallamshire Tennis and Squash club.

Organised for young players who had never played, or had limited experience of, match-play before the three tournaments provided some excellent action.

The Mini Reds, for players under the age of eight years old, saw Jack Baker finish undefeated with a 10-8 win over Matthew Fidler in the final, who himself had been unbeaten through the group stages in his first tournament.

A tightly fought Mini Orange Round Robin, for players eight to nine years old, saw half of the matches going to a third deciding set. Henry Buxton came out on top winning all of his three matches.

And in the Mini Greens for 10-year-olds Jim Shibli won both of his matches.

Suzzi Garnett, Mini Tennis & Schools Development Manager at Hallamshire, said: “Competition is a very important learning process for the younger players. It was great for the coaches to see the players rallying, serving, scoring and thinking for themselves.”

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