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Upton by Chester Tennis Club

The Friendly Club

Captain's Report 2021

The start of the league season held an extra tingle of excitement and anticipation after the cancellation of the 2020 season. We were not expecting tragedy to then over-shadow the season in the way that it did...

MENS TEAM – DIVISION 3

The season kicked-off for the men with a tricky-looking away match at Chester. Debutant Jonny Depledge made a confident first appearance and Steve and Matt looked to be a very strong combination with the team taking a deserved 7-2 win.

There were 6 more wins to come mixed with two heavy defeats by the First Division Hollies team and a few very close defeats but picking up useful points. Pick of the results was a 6-4 away win at Cheshire Oaks starring Nik Murthy and Chris Saul who won two exhilarating matches against a team only previously beaten by The Hollies.

So a really solid season throughout where we generally won with a strong team and still picked up good points when fielding a weaker side. A big thank you to debutants Jonny and Paul who have both had impressive first seasons and to Gautham Murthy who has been hugely impressive for a 13 year old and has played some superb tennis.. The team finished 5th but would have been a comfortable 4th had we not been deducted 8 points v Wrexham.

MIXED TEAM – DIVISION 2

This was a very tough season and to have finished in the way we did with a bit of a flourish gave a sense of relief and satisfaction. We will be going down to Division 3 but at least we did restore some self-respect after losing the first 8 matches 8-0. It did not look good at that point but we did get our act together and produced the tennis we are capable of in the latter part of the season.

It was certainly too little too late but it may be a bit of a blessing to play in the lower division where we should feel under less pressure and get to enjoy the feeling of winning again? Famous last words! The one win came against Cheshire Oaks B but we also had a draw against high-flying Mold. In fact, we could give most teams a run for their money and managed to do so most of the time.

Wendy, Judith and Samantha were our regular ladies and all of them played as hard as they could so a massive thanks to them but also to Marie and Jayne who made a few cameo appearances. Steve and Matt gave everything to the cause as usual but thanks also to all those who filled in admirably. Bottom of the table but we should hold our heads high. Well done and a brave effort by everybody. I would like to see some of these players at club sessions sometime.

OFFICIAL

UTC CLUB TOURNAMENT – 2021

It was decided to hold this over the majority of the summer season with huge time flexibility to encourage mass participation but entries were still ridiculously low and the only competition that really got going was the mixed doubles. The men’s singles and doubles were left to the last minute to be completed and the ladies doubles was a straight-final with only two entries. There were no ladies singles entries.

However, the tennis that did get played was well worth the wait. The mixed final was shaping up to be a very intriguing battle between Nicola and Chris and Marion and Paul with neither pair able to stamp their authority on the match early on. Then sadly Nicola pulled a muscle in her lower leg and the match was conceded.

The men’s doubles final was surprisingly one-sided from a score point of view with Matt and Jonny winning 7 – 1 but this was a long way from being a routine win. Nik and Gautham had good chances but were just missing a cutting edge at the net that could have made all the difference.




After getting the better of a gutsy battling Jonny in the semi-final Matt then produced a very assured performance against the hard-hitting Gautham in the men’s singles final. Matt’s extra experience and heavier spins did not allow Gautham to get into his normal rhythm and ran out a 7 – 3 winner.

The most dramatic match was the ladies’ double final – extended to two sets plus tie-break as this was a straight final. This match swung one way then the other and back again and each player was fully committed. Judith and Jayne took the first set 6 – 5 but Wendy and Marie hit back superbly taking the second set 6 – 3. Thus a tie- break was played and the luckless Wendy and Marie failed to win a single point as Judith and Jayne romped home 7 - 0


ROLL OF HONOUR - 2021

MENS SINGLES

MENS DOUBLES LADIES DOUBLES MIXED DOUBLES

WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

WINNERS: RUNNERS-UP:

WINNERS: RUNNERS-UP:

WINNERS: RUNNERS-UP:

MATTHEW MORLEY GAUTHAM MURTHY

MATTHEW MORLEY and JONNY DEPLEDGE NIK MURTHY and GAUTHAM MURTHY

JUDITH HOLLINS and JAYNE LLOYD WENDY WILLIAMS and MARIE LAVELLE

MARION ARDRON and PAUL McDONALD

NICOLA RUNNELS-MOSS and CHRIS QUARTERMAINE

OFFICIAL

FRESHERS WEEK – 2021A 3-day competition for members who have joined in the last two seasons – 14/15/16 September

The inaugural Freshers Week Tournament took place over three evenings and included eight of our most promising newer members who served up some memorable and entertaining matches. The format was essentially an ‘American Tournament’ where individuals kept their own individual score and played with a different partner each time.

Although it was played in a very light-hearted manner and great spirit there was a definite under-current of steely competitiveness and determination in all the matches. Most of the participants played four matches and the four highest-scoring players of those available on the last evening took part in the Grand Final. The finalists were Marie and Huseyin who played Jayne and Andrew.

Andrew was in fact the only player who won all four matches so it was only fitting that he and partner Jayne held off a hugely valiant challenge from Marie and Huseyin in an enthralling final to triumph 7 – 4. In front of a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic crowd of four. And a dog. Andrew’s dog actually.

A massive ‘well-done’ to all the finalists but also to Alex Clive Paul and Will who all played a big part in a hugely enjoyable event that got lucky with the weather.lick this text to start editing. This simple title and text block is great for a welcome or explanatory text. When writing, try to break things down to a few lines at a time. Break up your content into different blocks to keep your page interesting.