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Isle of Man Veteran Closed Championship - 2021

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Fourteen events were contested at the 2021 Isle of Man Veteran's Closed Tennis Championships proving a really busy week at Castletown Lawn Tennis Club, contending with a mixture of sunshine and heavy showers.

Two events were held as round robins with the other twelve as knockouts.

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Rob Comber made it a fourth year in succession in the 35 & Over Men’s Singles, beating Nerijus Gricivicius 6-1, 6-2. Rob added to his singles titles with a 6-1, 6-4 win in the 45 & Over against Craig Blackwell. Peter Dunworth took the 55 & Over title with a fairly comfortable win against Peter De Carte 6-0, 6-1. The Men's 65 & Over singles saw Graham Mcfarlane compete in the first of his two singles finals, but Alastair Montgomerie proved to be too strong with a 6-0, 6-0 victory. In Graham’s other final, a repeat of last year’s 75 & Over singles Roy McLean took the title 6/1, 7/6.

The only Women’s Singles contested this year was the 35 & Over. This was a repeat of last year’s final, with Kirree Ronan beating Michaela Duchonova 7-6, 2-6, 10-7 in a final that lasted over two hours.

All Men’s and Women’s doubles were contested this year, 35 & Over, 45 & Over and 55 & Over. In the Men’s 35’s Rob Mason & Neil Ronan got back their title having lost it last year, this time beating Rob Comber and Steve Falconer 6-4, 6-1. A very competitive 45’s resulted in a win for Peter Dunworth and Craig Blackwell 6-4, 7-5 over Rob Comber & Alastair Montgomerie. Unfortunately, the 55’s was cut short with a retirement. Alastair Montgomerie & Peter Dunworth taking the title against Andy Murray & Steve Falconer.

In the Women’s 35’s Kirree Ronan took her second title partnering Nicola Skillicorn to beat Cathy Tsitsos & Michaela Duchonova 4-6, 6-2, 10-3 in a very competitive final. In the 45’s the new pairing of Susan Boot and Kathy Yamasaki beat Tania Thomas & Seraphina Batty 6-0, 7-5. The 55’s was won for the second year running by Cathy Tsitsos, this year with Michelle Simpson,when they beat Barbie Carter and Jenny Foy 6-1, 6-0.

Always one of the best entries is the 35 & Over Mixed Doubles. Kirree Ronan teamed up with her brother Neil to take her third title for the second year running, with a 4-6, 6-3, 10-7 win over Michaela Duchonova and Nerijus Gricivicius. Finally the Mixed 55 & Over was won by Caroline Davies and Simon Jones who beat Barbie Carter & Craig Blackwell 3-6, 6-3, 10-6 in a very close final.

All Results :-

Men's singles 35 & Over

Rob Comber beat Jabrane Moutiq 6-3, 6-1
Nerijus Gricivicius beat Will Watterson 6-0, 6-1
Nerijus Gricivicius beat Jos Woolford 4-6, 6-1, 10-1
Rob Comber beat Nerijus Gricivicius 6-1, 6-2

Men's singles 45 & Over

Chris Butler beat Peter Skelton 6-4, 6-4
Chris Holland beat Will Watterson 6-1, 6-4
Craig Blackwell beat Chris Holland 6-1, 6-1
Rob Comber beat Chris Butler 6-1, 6-0
Rob Comber beat Craig Blackwell 6-1, 6-4

Men's singles 55 & Over

Peter Dunworth beat Peter De Carte 6-0, 6-1

Men's singles 65 & Over

Alastair Montgomerie beat Graham McFarlane 6-0, 6-0

Men's singles 75 & Over

Roy Mclean beat Graham McFarlane 6-1, 7-6

Women’s Singles 35 & Over

Michaela Duchonova beat Nicola Skillicorn 6-3, 6-1
Kirree Ronan beat Nicola Skillicorn 6-2, 6-3
Kirree Ronan beat Michaela Duchonova 7-6, 2-6, 10-7

Men’s Doubles 35 & Over

Neil Ronan & Rob Mason beat Andy Murray & Jabrane Moutiq 6-2, 6-2
Rob Comber & Steve Falconer beat Nerijus Gricevicius & Rob Colquitt 6-4, 6-4
Neil Ronan & Rob Mason beat Rob Comber & Steve Falconer 6-4, 6-1

Men's Doubles 45 & Over

Craig Blackwell and Peter Dunworth beat Peter Skelton & Peter De Carte 6-1, 6-1
Rob Comber & Alastair Montgomerie beat Chris Butler & Simon Jones 6-0, 6-0
Craig Blackwell and Peter Dunworth beat Rob Comber & Alastair Montgomerie 6-4, 7-5

Men's Doubles 55 & Over

Alastair Montgomerie & Peter Dunworth beat Andy Murray & Steve Falconer 3-2 (Retired)

Women’s Doubles 35 & Over

Kirree Ronan & Nicola Skillicorn beat Cathy Tsitsos & Micaela Duchonova 4-6, 6-2, 10-3

Women’s Doubles 45 & Over

Tania Thomas & Seraphina Batty beat Jenny Foy & Amanda Munro 6-1, 6-0
Susan Boot & Kathy Yamasaki beat Jenny Foy & Amanda Munro 6-1, 6-0
Susan Boot & Kathy Yamasaki beat Tania Thomas & Seraphina Batty 6-0, 7-5

Women’s Doubles 55 & Over

Cathy Tsitsos & Michelle Simpson beat Barbie Carter & Jenny Foy 6-1, 6-0

Mixed Doubles 35 and Over

Tania Thomas & Jabrane Moutiq beat Susan Boot & Colin Beavan 6-0, 6-0 (W/o)
Kirree Ronan & Neil Ronan beat Tania Thomas & Jabrane Moutiq 6-2, 6-2
Kathy Yamasaki and Steve Falconer beat Jenny Foy & Peter Skelton 6-0, 6-0
Michaela Duchonova and Nerijus Gricivicius beat Nicola Skillicorn & Will Watterson 6-0, 6-2
Michaela Duchonova and Nerijus Gricivicius beat Kathy Yamasaki and Steve Falconer 6-0, 4-6, 10-7
Kirree Ronan & Neil Ronan beat Michaela Duchonova and Nerijus Gricivicius 4-6, 6-3, 10-7

Mixed Doubles 55 & Over

Caroline Davies & Simon Jones beat Cathy Tsitsos & Kevin Drewry 6-4, 0-6, 13-11
Barbie Carter & Craig Blackwell beat Susan Boot and Colin Beavan 6-4, 6-3
Caroline Davies & Simon Jones beat Barbie Carter & Craig Blackwell 3-6, 6-3, 10-6

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