The Walmer Open week, the unofficial Tennis Championships of East Kent, hosted on the grass courts of Walmer Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Archery Square, took place over the week ending 28th July 2018. The Walmer Open has been an established feature of Kent Tennis since 1903.

A total of 138 players participated in this lovely tournament, resulting in 240 matches being played over the week. The courts were magnificent. They stood up very well to the constant use in the very hot weather.

The quality of the tennis throughout the week was good and the crowd enjoyed some particularly fine matches on the finals days.

Local boy, Toby Churchill, retained his men’s singles crown in a high quality and very tight match against Charlie Croxford from North London.

This win was matched in the Ladies’ Singles by local girl, Natasha Greenham, who prevailed against Becky Cooper from Canterbury.

Full results of the finals are as follows:

EventWinnersRunner's UpScore
Men's SinglesToby ChurchillCharlie Croxford6-3, 3-6, 7-6
Ladies' SinglesNatasha GreenhamBecky Cooper6-3, 6-3
Men's DoublesTom Pullen/Nick WibberleyGraham Semadeni/Peter Stewart6-3, 6-4
Ladies' DoublesSally Holmes/Sue BoffeyBecky Cooper/Anica Dose6-0, 6-0
Mixed DoublesJoe & Becky CooperToby Churchill/Lucy Roper6-4, 6-4
O40s Men's SinglesPeter StewartJasper Cooper6-2, 6-0
O55s Men's SinglesBrian MolesheadLaurence Harding6-3, 0-6, 10-6
Mixed Doubles HCJohn Cresswell/Janet Norton O'NeillKeith Clark/Sally Holmes2-6, 6-4, 10-6
Men's Singles PlateThomas GregoryAndrew Symonds6-1, 6-2
Ladies' Singles PlateSandra ChambersPoggy Hatton6-3, 6-2
O40s Singles PlateSimon TonkissGerard Beith6-4, 3-6, 10-3
O55s Singles PlateIan DiggesGerard Beith6-4, 6-3
O45s Men's DoublesDeferred  
O50's Ladies' DoublesMary Cannon/Myra HunterKerry Harding/Sharon Kehaya6-3 6-1
O55s Men's DoublesLaurence Harding/Brian MolesheadBob Whitehead/Mike Harrold7-6, 5-7, 11-9
Mixed Doubles O45sNigel & Mary CannonAlistair Balfour/Tina Bird6-2, 6-4
O65's Men's DoublesBob Whitehead/Keith ClarkAndrew Crichton/Peter Tullo7-6, 6-2
O75's Mens DoublesJohn Cresswell/George BuckmasterCharlie Coish/Dave Clemence6-2, 7-5

Andrew Gregory
Tournament Organiser