Miller returns from US to take men’s title
RETURNING hero Tom Miller was crowned men’s champion at Great Missenden Lawn Tennis Club’s finals day.
Miller, having recently come back to the club after graduating from the University of Sacramento in California, beat defending champion Alex Hartley in three excellent sets, while Sophie Bell, a regular in the Bucks Over-40s team, successfully defended her ladies’ title against Lottie Hayward-Cook.
Match of the day was undoubtedly the ladies doubles, where Nicki Hartley and Rowan Fyfe beat twins Jo Jo and Lottie Hayward-Cook in a third set tiebreak which extended to more than two-and-a-half hours. The men’s doubles was comfortably won by James Harley and Tor Stockdale, beating Andy Fyfe and Alex Hartley, while James then teamed up with Lottie to beat Alex and Nicki in a competitive
MEDALS: Tennis players at Great Missenden LTC’s finals day mixed final to doubles double.
In the veterans’ section, Tom Miller’s mother, Kate, won the ladies title with Sue Kwan and the mixed with Ajit Kadirgamar, while Stuart Taylor paired up with Andy Osborne to win the men’s doubles for the first time.
In the junior section, Oli Osborne and Will Gibbs won the
a junior U18 doubles title, then played each other for the juniors boys championship, which Oli won in a closely fought match.
Oscar Marshall figured in four finals, winning the U14 singles and doubles, beating Michael Mackenzie-Crooks, then teaming up with Oliver Murray to see off Matt and Louis Benson. However, he lost both the U16 singles and U12s doubles, going down to Will Piper, and to McKenzie-Crooks and Jack Reilly. McKenzie-Crook also beat Benson in the U12s singles final.
Meanwhile, a lot will be happening at the club over the winter, with club fixtures, a range of social tennis programmes and a Challenge Tennis winter coaching schedule.