Oliver Beadle, Alex Hopkinson and John Thai won men’s singles and doubles gold medals over the weekend at the Tennis Foundation Learning Disability Tennis Regional Tournament East, where Laura Wells also won women’s singles and doubles gold medals. There were also a brace of singles and mixed doubles gold medals for Jonathan Ross and Lily Mills at Gosling Sports Park in Welwyn Garden City.
Among the eight men’s singles round-round events, Division 1 was the only men’s event to feature four players, with Beadle winning two of his matches 6-1 and the other match 6-2 to earn his singles gold medal with relative ease.
Beadle also partnered Michael Hartnett to take the men’s Division 1 doubles. They won both their matches to finish ahead of Robert Fisher and Alexander Hume and the duo of Joseph Eccles and Shain Lewis. Hume and Eccles, meanwhile, were gold and silver medallists in the men’s Division 2 singles as Hume topped the podium with two wins from his two matches.
The men’s Division 3 singles brought Robert Fisher his second singles gold medal of 2017. Fisher made it two wins from two matches to follow up his Division 3 singles gold medal at the North Regional Tournament in Leeds at the end of February. While Elliot Caygill was a bronze medallist behind Fisher in Division 3, there was a gold medal for his brother in the men’s Division 4 singles as Fraser Caygill remained unbeaten in both of his matches
Fisher’s achievement in winning back-to-back singles gold medals was emulated by Ross, who won the men’s Division 5 singles to also follow up his singles gold medal success in Leeds. While Mark Copper claimed successive 6-3 match wins to take the Division 6 singles gold medal, Thai recorded 6-1 and 6-4 wins to finish on top of the podium in Division 7. But the most dominant performance came in the men’s Division 8 singles as Hopkinson gained two 6-0 wins to ensure his gold medal.
After missing out on a singles gold medal, Elliot Caygill partnered Adam Brownsword to the gold medal in the men’s Division 2 doubles. Brownsword followed up on the doubles gold medal he won in Leeds last month. Meanwhile, four partnerships contested the men’s Division 3 doubles as Scott Brown and Ryan Caven remained unbeaten in three matches to win gold. Hopkinson and Thai gained their second gold medals of the weekend in Welwyn Garden City with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Paul Griffin and Lane Stow in the Division 4 men’s doubles.
There was also just one match needed to settle the women’s Division 1 singles gold medal. Lily Mills defeated Kerry-Alice Hartnett 6-2, 6-1, having beaten the same opponent 6-0 on route to also winning the women’s Division 1 singles gold medal in Leeds last month.
Mills claimed her second gold medal in Welwyn Garden City in partnership with Ross as they stayed unbeaten in both of their Division 1 mixed doubles matches. However, the crucial match for the gold medal was a close contest as Mills and Ross edged out Michael and Kerry-Alice Hartnett 7-5.
There was an even closer deciding match for the women’s Division 2 singles gold medal. Laura Wells got the better of Sarah Simpson in a tie-break to win the first of her gold medals 7-6(5). After emulating Mills, as they both followed up on their singles gold medals in Leeds, Wells had a more straightforward path to the women’s doubles gold medal. She partnered Emma Lindsay to 6-1 and 6-4 wins to remain unbeaten in their two matches.
Two players finished with two wins in their three matches in the women’s Division 3 singles, but Mary Nolan ultimately took the gold medal after winning her match against silver medallist Emily Phillips 6-4. Jane Weatherhead claimed the bronze medal courtesy of her 6-3 win over Francesca Burriss after both players also completed their three matches with one win apiece.