Adam Brownsword, Samuel Dale, Kerry-Alice Hartnett and Laura Wells all won two gold medals apiece when Manchester Tennis Centre recently hosted its first Tennis Foundation Learning Disability Regional Series North West tournament.
The North West tournament was the fifth of seven Tennis Foundation regional tournaments this year as players work towards the National Learning Disability Tennis Championships in Nottingham at the end of 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 that enable players to compete using different colour and different compression balls appropriate to their tennis ability.
With four men’s singles events in Manchester, Brownsword took the gold medal in the Division 1 even after beating Michael Hartnett 6-4, 6-0.
Three of the four men’s singles events featured three players and Dale dropped just one game in his two round-robin matches in Division 4. Alistair Ramsey produced a similarly impressive performance to also drop just one game in two matches.
Meanwhile, Matthew Copley emerged victorious in the Division 3 men’s singles after he dropped just one game throughout the course of his three matches, that game coming in his 6-1, 6-0 win over Ashley Hawkins.
Brownsword went on to team up with Mark Copper and they secured the gold medal in the men’s doubles after remaining unbeaten in three matches. Their decisive win for the gold medal saw them come through a competitive contest against Copley and Ramsey 6-4.
While Michael Hartnett completed his singles event with a silver medal, his sister Kerry-Alice Hartnett claimed the gold medal in the Division 1 women’s singles after dropping just one game to silver medallist Sophie Widdowson.
Laura Wells won all three of her matches in the Division 2 women’s singles, her toughest challenge coming in a 6-4 win over her doubles partner and silver medallist Emma Lindsay.
When Lindsay and Wells teamed up for the women’s doubles they proved too strong for Mary Nolan and Jane Weatherhead, winning 6-0, 6-1 to earn the gold medal.
One of two mixed doubles events during the two day tournament resulted in Michael and Kerry-Alice Hartnett forming a successful family partnership to win the Division 1 gold medal. The brother and sister team defeated Hawkins and Widdowson 6-0.
Dale and Mary Nolan claimed two comfortable wins to take the Division 2 mixed doubles gold medal after dropping a total of just three games in their matches.
The next Tennis Foundation Learning Disability Regional tournament will be in Glasgow in September.