flock to Burnham for annual tournaments
of tennis players have been taking part in two long-running tournaments
at Burnham-On-Sea Avenue Tennis Club in recent days.
The 92nd Annual Burnham-On-Sea Senior Open has also been held
in recent says, with many local players picking up prizes.
And over 140 youngsters have been competing in the club's annual
junior tournament, with children aged 18 and under competing for
15 year-old Hayley James won three out of three finals in the
Junior Open, beating Sarah Collinge (Devon) 6-4 6-2 in the Under
18 Girls Open Singles event. The Backwell player also won the
Under 16 Girls Singles, beating South Wales Lottie Vaughan
6-2 6-4, and won the Under 18 Mixed Doubles with partner Kristian
The Under 18 Boys Open Singles was won by number one seed Toby
Mitchell, beating Simon Pritchard (South Wales) 6-7(4) 6-2 6-3.
Kristian Newman later partnered Henry Mullan in the Under 14 Boys
Doubles to beat James Mitchell and Jimmy Hardiman 6-2 7-5.
Worcestshire pair Louise Neville and Lucy Simper beat South Wales
Charlotte Irvine and Natalie Youhana 6-0 6-3 to take the Under
14 Girls Doubles title, before Simper and Irvine crossed swords
once again in the Under 14 Girls Singles. Irvine eventually beat
Simper 6-4 2-6 7-5.
The prize for best Avenue Player was won by Alex Chilcott who
reached both the 10.2 Girls Consolation and the Under 14 Mixed
in the Senior Open many local players have been picking up prizes.
Avenue member and coach Craig Phillips won the Open Mens
Singles, beating Devons Ben Tyrrell 6-2 6-0.
Kendall Brown, also from Devon, won the Open Ladies Singles,
beating Jessica Davies (Avon) 7-6 (4) 6-2. Phillips then partnered
Adam Cooper (Devon) to beat Avenue members Glenn Pigden and Robert
Sweet 6-1 6-0 in the Open Mens Doubles. The Open Mixed Doubles
was won by Adam Cooper and Kendall Brown, with Phillips appearing
in his third final.
Avenue Ladies Captain Lyn ODell won two out of three finals
including the veterans mixed doubles with Bristols
Anthony Willford and the veterans ladies doubles with Pat
In the final match of the day, ODell and Hunters
stream of wins ended when they lost to Debra Smith and Linda Matthews
in the handicap ladies doubles final.
Referee Barry Ramsden and tournament organiser Linda Matthews
ensured a smooth running of the tournaments.
The Avenue's President, Poo Jenkins, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"A lot of very good tennis has been played over the past
few days - it's been a very busy and enjoyable few weeks at the
Pictured (top) are junior trophy winners Soffee Rees and Kristian
Newman with Referee Barry Ramsden and Avenue President Poo Jenkins;
and (above) Joan Thomas from sponsors Burnham Holiday Village
with winners and runners-up Craig Phillips, Ben Tyrrell, Joan
Thomas, Kendall Brown and Jessica Davies