Four players out of 28 entries won singles and doubles gold medals over the weekend at the Tennis Foundation’s Learning Disability Tennis Regional Tournament Scotland.
Jack Dickson, Nick Price, Luke Turnbull and Bethanny Wilson each finished on top of the podium twice as Gorbals Community Tennis Centre, Glasgow played host to the penultimate regional tournament of the year before the National Learning Disability Tennis Championships in Nottingham in October.
Each tournament gives players the chance to play for medals against others of a similar tennis ability in a series of round robin groups using different colour and different compression balls appropriate to players’ tennis ability.
With three mixed singles, four men’s singles and a women’s singles event, Luke Turnbull remained unbeaten in his three matches in the Division 1 mixed singles. His victories included two 6-4 wins, one of which was against silver medalllist Anna McBride.
Laura Campbell came out on top in the Division 2 mixed singles, winning both her matches comfortably, defeating Mathew Copley 6-3 and Gregor Boyd 6-0.
Lauren Waddell also dominated both her Division 4 mixed singles contests to win gold, securing 6-3 and 6-1 wins over Stephen MacMillan and Jennifer Kitchener, respectively.
Dickson’s brace of gold medals began with victory in Division 3 men’s singles after he claimed successive 6-1 wins over Mark Cooper and Dion McLean.
Dickson met Cooper and McLean again in in the Division 2 doubles as he teamed up with Mathew Copley to finish in top of the podium. Dickson and Copley made it three wins in three matches, their closest contest being a 6-3 win over silver medallists Cooper and McLean.
Alongside his gold medal in the Division 1 singles, Turnbull partnered Ronan Cacase to more success in the Division 1 doubles after they secured victory for the loss of just two games across their two matches. Campbell and McBride claimed the silver medal.
While David Stevenson earned the gold medal in the Division 5 men’s singles after defeating Alisdair Taylor 6-0 and Cameron Long 6-3, there was a tense deciding match in the Division 6 men’s singles. Craig Dolan edged out silver medallist Harry Sloan 7-6(3), with both players unbeaten in their other two matches.
Uncle and nephew Alan and Nick Price dominated the Division 7 men’s singles and Division 3 men’s doubles. Nick Price was unbeaten in his three singles matches, beating Alan Price 6-3 in the closest of his contests. There was more family success when they teamed up for 6-0 and 6-4 wins in their doubles event to finish the tournament with two gold medals and a silver between them.
Bethany Wilson’s two gold medals came in the women’s singles and mixed doubles events.
Wilson dominated both of her matches against Frances Wilson and Jane Weatherhead to claim her singles gold medal without dropping a game. She teamed up with Calum Munro for the mixed doubles and the duo dropped just four games in their two matches, beating Alasdair Taylor and Frances Smiley 6-3 to ensure the gold medal.
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