The Walmer Open week, the unofficial Tennis Championships of East Kent, hosted at the grass courts of the Walmer Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Archery Square, took place over the week ending 1st August 2015. The Walmer Open has been an established feature of Kent Tennis since 1903.
The Club ran a total of 16 events ranging from the Men’s/Ladies Singles to the Over 75’s Men’s doubles.
A total of 150 players participated in this magnificent tournament in which a total of 232 matches were played over the week.
The quality of the tennis on throughout the week was superb, which was noticeably in evidence on finals day. The finals were played in magnificent weather before a crowd of well over 100 spectators. It was a particularly successful week for Peter Stewart from Middlesex (a first time entrant) who reached the final of the Open Men’s Singles and won the Over 45’s Singles and Doubles’ Events. Ben Abbott from Canterbury is to be congratulated for winning the Open Singles for the first time in a match of the highest quality. The Ladies Singles was won by Teigan Aitken, a young starlet from Canterbury, who also captured the Mixed Doubles crown with Nick Hubble in a very tight encounter with Thomas Pullen & Caroline Griffiths (4-6, 6-2, 6-4).
The “old boys” produced a nail biting final in the over 75’s doubles event, with Phil Pretty & Derek Taylor succeeding over David Clements & Lionel Hoskins 7-6, 2-6, 11-9.
The Walmer pairing of Sue Boffey & Sally Holmes prevailed in the Ladies’ Doubles over the Tunbridge Wells pairing of Mary Elder & Sarah Luckhurst and the Hubble brothers (Tom & Nick) entertained the excellent crowd with a match of the very highest quality in the Men’s Doubles Final to beat Ben Abbott & Dave Jailler in three sets.
The Courts were up to their usual “Wimbledon” standard and a special thank you goes to John Cresswell for ensuring the club enjoys a playing surface of the highest quality.
Full results of the finals are as follows:
|Men's Singles||Ben Abbott||Peter Stewart||6-2, 7-5|
|Ladies' Singles||Teigan Aitken||Teele Annus||6-1, 6-0|
|Men's Doubles||Nick Hubble+Tom Hubble||Ben Abbott+Dave Jailler||1-6, 6-2, 6-3|
|Ladies' Doubles||Sue Boffey+Sally Holmes||Mary Elder+Sarah Luckhurst||6-0, 6-3|
|Mixed Doubles||Nick Hubble+Teigan Aitken||Thomas Pullen+Caroline Griffiths||4-6, 6-2, 6-4|
|Men's 45 Singles||Peter Stewart||Jasper Cooper||6-4, 7-5|
|Men's Singles Plate||Reece Mabberley||Jonathan Wise||6-0, 6-1|
|Ladies' Singles Plate||Charlotte Tonkiss||Anna Fitzmaurice||6-3, 6-2|
|Men's 45 Singles Plate||Peter Hubble||Geoff Cannon||6-4, 5-7, 11-9|
|Mixed Doubles HC||Keith Clark+Sally Holmes||Freddie Pack+Katie Mcnie||6-4, 6-1|
|Men's 45 Doubles||Brian Moleshead+Peter Stewart||Keith Clark+Bob Whitehead||3-6, 6-2, 7-5|
|Ladies' 50 Doubles||Gill Dickey+Anne Gibbs||Mary Cannon+Myra Hunter||6-4, 6-2|
|Men's 55 Doubles||Keith Clark+Bob Whitehead||Brian Moleshead+Mick Murray||6-1, 6-4|
|Ladies' 60 Doubles||Mary Cannon+Myra Hunter||Jocelyn Cox+Kay Mileham||6-1, 6-3|
|Men's 65 Doubles||John Cresswell+Andrew Gregory||Geoff Cannon+Brian Robinson||6-1, 6-4|
|Men's 75 Doubles||Phil Pretty+Derek Taylor||David Clements+Lionel Hoskins||7-6, 2-6, 11-9|