Joshua Kerr, Tomos Bevan, Jonathan Ross, Lane Stow and Jayne Hinett all claimed singles and doubles gold medals at the Tennis Foundation’s Learning Disability Tennis Regional Series event in Wrexham over the weekend.
Kerr’s toughest match in the men’s Division 1 singles ended in a 6-4 win over Adam Brownsword, who eventually just missed out on the bronze medal. However, Kerr remained unbeaten with three wins out of three matches after a dominant 6-0 win over silver medallist Zach Brookes.
Kerr was also unbeaten in the men’s Division 1 doubles, partnering singles bronze medallist Robbie Hampshaw. The duo edged out Brookes and Brownsword 7-5 and dropped just one game in their other match to ensure themselves of the gold medal.
There was a tense contest to decide the men’s Division 2 singles as Alex Hume edged out Michael Clarke 7-5, the outcome meaning that Hume won the gold medal and Clarke the silver medal.
However, Clarke went one better in the men’s Division 2 doubles. Clarke paired up with James Jennings to win both their matches, defeating silver medallists Ada Hodgson and Neil Samuels 6-0.
Stephen Davies gained a local success, dropping just three games in staying unbeaten in his three matches to win the men’s Division 3 singles gold medal.
Tomos Bevan won all of matches to pip his brother Ciaran to the gold medal in the men’s Division 4 singles and the brothers also paired up to win the men’s Division 3 doubles. Tomos and Ciaran won a thrilling contest to defeat Mark Cooper and Thomas Sewell 6-0, 5-7, (10-5) after a deciding championship tie-break.
Stow’s closest match en route to winning all three of his men’s Division 5 singles matches was a 6-4 win over silver medallist Steven Uttley. Uttley was one of three players to finish on one win apiece. However, after a 7-5 win over Marco Fusco and a 7-6(5) loss to Alex Hopkinson, Uttley completed the event with the higher percentage of total games won.
Jonathan Ross dropped just one game in his two matches to win the men’s Division 6 singles gold medal. After winning their respective singles gold medals Ross and Stow went on to comfortable wins in both of their men’s Division 4 doubles matches and dropped just three games across their two matches.
Successive 6-3, 6-3 wins for Paul Griffin ensured him of the gold medal in the men’s Division 7 singles. However, Griffin had to be content with runners-up honours in the men’s Division 5 doubles after a thrilling match to decide the gold medal. Eventually Chris Burke and James Stidolph prevailed 7-6(5), 6-4 against John Byrne and Griffin.
Jayne Hinett’s victory in the women’s Division 1 singles came after she won three close matches, defeating her doubles partner Katherine Ashcroft 7-5, Laura Wells 6-3 and Sally Anne Bourne 6-4.
Mary Nolan secured three relatively more comfortable wins to claim victory in the women’s Division 2 singles, defeating Emma Lindsay 6-3, Jane Weatherhead 6-2 and Helen Hughes 6-1.
Hinett and Ashcroft also remained unbeaten in their three matches to win the women’s doubles gold medal. They earned a 6-0 win over Nolan and Weatherhead, overcame Bourne and Hughes 6-3 and got the upper hand over Lindsay and Wells 6-4.