Yesterday saw the return of the Miller Memorial cup tennis tournament at Purton Tennis Club after a brief gap year. The event was extremely well attended with pairs coming from all different clubs from around the region. The entry fee and raffle went on to raise £511 for Prospect Hospice and HASAG which was above the target amount, so a huge thank you to everyone that attended. A special mention to Justin Miller who organised the tournament brilliantly. We certainly hope the non-members return again for next years tournament.
There were four groups of 4 teams which were drawn out of a hat the night before the tournament. Lou Crawford and her partner Jason Stevens finished second in their group, which drew them against Josh Langley & Khalique Cup champion Rachana Patel in the match of the tournament. After some pre-match fighting talk from Josh Langley, the epic finished 17-15 on a tie break in favour of Lou & Jason who brought their best to the match, which proved to be just good enough. The to-ing and fro-ing between the two pairs proved too much for the normally polite and quiet crowd, who turned into a noisy rabble, unable to contain their appreciation of the spectacle they were witnessing. Victory for Jason and Lou meant they would then go on to the semi-finals to face their conquerors in the Khalique cup at the same stage, Ethan Gunton and Alexa Rutter.
In the other semi-final, top seeds Sass Joyce and Ben Langley defeated Minety Tournament champions Thomas & Bregan 6-3 to set up the final against Lou and Jason who managed to beat Ethan and Alexa by the same score in their semi-final.
Ben and Sass managed to find themselves 3-5 down in the final with Jason serving for the championship. They managed to break his serve and didn’t look back winning the next 4 games on the bounce to win the title 7-5 in a very good, entertaining final.