William wins on a great day for juniors

Young players at the 2013 Stamford Tennis Club junior tournament. From left, Archie Wheeler, Jonathan Alexander, Ruis Walton, Owen Nelson-Smith, Amber Anderson, Dan Edwards, Keilin Harper, Matthew Jennings, William Stanier, Owen Merriman, William Wells and William Cutforth
Young players at the 2013 Stamford Tennis Club junior tournament. From left, Archie Wheeler, Jonathan Alexander, Ruis Walton, Owen Nelson-Smith, Amber Anderson, Dan Edwards, Keilin Harper, Matthew Jennings, William Stanier, Owen Merriman, William Wells and William Cutforth
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William Cutforth emerged as 2013 Junior Champion at Stamford Tennis Club after a coming from behind in a hard-fought final against Dan Edwards.

Twelve youngsters had taken part in the annual tournament, with several making their competitive debut on Sunday. Players were split into three first round pools with 20 minute extended set matches and the group winners and top-scoring runner-up progressing to the semi-finals.

Dan was drawn against Keilin Harper in the first semi-final and won a close match 4-2 while Amber Anderson, the only girl in the tournament, was just pipped by William 4-3 in the second semi.

Amber was 40-love up in game eight when time ran out with William relieved to hear the clock had run down. Amber went on to win the third-fourth place playoff 6-2, pulling ahead after taking the fifth game.

The final was a battle of attrition with long rallies between two players who know each other well. The pair had already met in two recent tournaments with honours even. Dan was leading 3-2 on this time when William came back to take the title 4-3.

Those players who didn’t make it through to the semi-finals went on to play challenge matches, either more singles or doubles as they wished.

Head coach at the club, Carole Wilson, said: “There was lots of good tennis on display and all the matches were played in good spirit.

“It was a good opportunity for many of the players to get their first taste of tournament competition.”

To find out more about junior coaching call Carole on 07939 095713.