OAKHAM Tennis Club men’s team has begun season exceptionally well with two great wins.
Following their opening day victory against Loughborough, Oakham beat Gynsil 5-4. It was a tough match but Ralph Clarke and newcomer, 16-year-old Nikki Rae won three fantastic sets with feisty, well-controlled tennis, and pairs Jack Hubbard and Tim Davies, and Jeremy Wood and Kim Renwick both won a set each.
Oakham skipper Tim Davies is delighted with the way the team is working together and the inclusion of the teenagers is more than welcome for the club.
The Ladies 1sts are struggling early in the season as injuries have hit several players and captain Debbie Powell is finding it difficult to get a consistent side together.
They are still competing at a high level, however, and feel things might improve as the season goes on. They have lost all three matches so far but it has been against the biggest clubs in the league who each have a wide selection of players to choose from.
Debbie and Celine Veniat beat all three pairs who came to The Vale from the Leicestershire club, having won only one rubber the week before at Leicestershire.
Jane Gilmore and Laura Reekie took the visitors’ first pair to a tie-break before being beaten and Jane Wood and 13-year-old Ana Weber tried everything they knew to force errors, taking the second pair to a tie-break.
Had both these tie-breaks gone Oakham’s way, the score would have been a great win for the Rutlanders.
Carolyn Davies is enjoying her side’s two successes, the latest at Syston where the seconds won 8-1.
Jackie Staines and Jill Wilcox-Smith won all three rubbers as did Carolyn and Michelle Greening. Mel Johnson and Joan Gilliver won two to make sure the bonus points came to the Rutlanders.
Kim Renwick was relieved his old stalwarts won all three rubbers against LFE at The Vale.
Gordon Reekie and Nick Crowson were back to their fighting best, keeping a clean sheet as Kim and Jack Hubbard won twice. Dan Potter and Greg Delaney won a valuable rubber over the third strings to ensure bonus points.