Published: January 11, 2008
Burnham-On-Sea tennis player wins tournament in memory of Nathan

A Burnham-On-Sea tennis player has won a special competition held in honour of his close friend, Nathan Edwards, who died last year.

An under-18s boys competition was held at the David Lloyd tennis centre in Long Ashton over the Christmas break and Nathan's former doubles partner and close friend, Dan Sidaway, fittingly won.

It comes after Nathan, 17, a talented member of Burnham's Avenue Tennis Club and a former King Alfred School pupil, was tragically killed in a road accident in November. reported in December how a new tennis academy has been been launched in Nathan's honour to help create tennis stars of the future.

The David Lloyd tennis centre has also named an indoor tennis hall in Nathan's memory, in addition to unveiling plaques at the site bearing his name (below).

"Dan wanted to win so much. We sat on the side of the court and he kept looking to me. I gave him Nathan's lucky shirt to wear and afterwards said he could keep it," said Sally. "The quality of tennis was so high."

"Dan and Nathan knew each other over the last couple of years in passing but this summer Dam asked Nathan to be his doubles partner. They not only found they had a great rapport on court but rapidly became close friends. Dan stayed with us for a night during the Burnham Juniors competition and their friendship was clear."

"They won the Bath festival of tennis U18 doubles, and also won Burnham and the quarter finals in Torquay against finalists. After the accident Dan sent me lots of texts which were very touching and compassionate - they showed a lot of depth for a young man, so to win that trophy meant so much to him and me."

"Nathan would be so pleased he won it. It was a perfect outcome. On the way home that night Dan texted me to say it was his best tennis and he had done it for his best friend Nathan, and he would never forget it."

These photos were taken at the Christmas competition and show (top) Nathan's mother, Sally, presenting Dan with The Nathan Edwards Memorial Trophy.


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