TENNIS: Ralph reclaims national title

Oakham's Ralph Clarke, far left, was a member of the championship-winning Leicestershire side

Oakham's Ralph Clarke, far left, was a member of the championship-winning Leicestershire side

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OAKHAM’S Ralph Clarke overcame illness to help Leicestershire county reclaim a national over 35s tennis title last week.

Clarke was part of a team competing at the over 35s national county championship on grass courts at Eastbourne where they beat a strong Berkshire side on the final day.

The Oakham-based tennis coach had to overcome a glandular virus infection before making a late decision to represent the county.

The 37-year-old said: “Playing on grass is very different to other surfaces and difficult when it has been wet like it was last weekend. You have to play in a completely different way.”

The team won the title in 2010 and were runners-up last year with Clarke a member of the team on both occasions.

l Clarke is also a member of the Oakham Tennis Club side that finished fourth in the Leicestershire Premier League to maintain top flight status for the first time in the club’s history.

Clarke played alongside Nicky Rae, Jack Hawarth, James Henley, Nick Howitt, Joe Tyler, Martin Gilam and skipper Tim Davies.