The tournament took place and was successfully completed on Sunday. The chosen format for the Men’s and Ladies’ events was a round-robin (all couples play each other), one short set (first to 6 games).
In the Men’s event, there were four couples, six matches in all. Amazingly, four of the matches ended 6 – 5, a tribute to Craig Longman’s ability to assess handicaps accurately. The event was won by Steve Paterson and Guy Ellice-Clark with a full-house of 18 games (and 15 against). John Hopkins and Alain Maillet were runners-up with 15 games.
Four couples competed in the Ladies’ event where each tie ended either 6 – 3 or 6 – 4 and plenty of games went to deuce. Lynda Arnold and Sarah Hughes were the winners with 16 games, closely followed by Fiona Lalloo and Moya Locke on 15.
The mixed event was entered by 20 participants, miraculously 10 ladies and 10 gents, as partnerships were drawn. The couples played four matches each in two pools, playing “best of six games” in each tie.
Group 1 was headed by Kikue Reeves and Ian Taylor and Group 2 by Lynda Arnold and Paul Cottam who then played a final round of “first to six games”, Kikue overcoming a leg injury to compete courageously. Contrasting styles within the pairings were much in evidence and a close match resulted in a win for Paul and Lynda by 6 – 5.
The tournament was ably facilitated by Liz Towersey.