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British Open Indoor Seniors Report


Storm Eunice greeted our arrival in Wrexham on Friday 18 February, but all players arrived for their matches - we were very grateful to be an Indoor tournament on a day like that!

Wrexham Tennis Centre Management and Staff again made us feel very welcome and it was a pleasure to bring the Indoor Championships back to North Wales.

The first titles to be decided involved a 'double double' with Nicola Slater defending the Women's 35 Singles title she won in 2020, beating Lucie Butler in the Final. Her Doubles partner, Sarah McFadyen won a very close Women's 40 Singles Final against Claire Powell to win her first Seniors Indoor Championships title. Sarah doubled her tally when she teamed up with Nicola to win the Women's 35 Doubles Final against Debbie Hale and Holly Mowling.

Not to be outdone in the double title stakes, Tom Wride won the Men's 40 Singles title he first won in 2019, defeating Santiago Gindre in the Final. He then teamed up with Dave Gaterell in the Men's 35 Doubles to snatch the title from defending Champions, Joe Cooper and Gavin Mason in a very entertaining final.

Hafeez Hameed was defending his Men's 45 Singles title, but came up against James Smith in the final, with James winning his first Seniors Indoors title. Hafeez and his partner, Mark Tomlinson, successfully defended their 45 Doubles title, receiving a walkover in the Final over Ian Gillespie and Richard Santy.

Julian Tatum won his maiden Seniors Indoor title, in the Men's 80 Singles event, defeating his doubles partner, Roger Taylor in the Final. Julian also did 'the double' by winning the Men's 80 Doubles event with Roger.

World No 2 Martin Cornish 'did the double', retaining his Men's 65 Singles with a win over Malcolm Bryant in the Final, having won the Men's 65 Doubles title with Nick Lee the previous evening, against Jasper Cooper and Tony King.

Andrew Hutchinson and Neil Howitt teamed up to win the Men's 55 Doubles title, beating Alan Jordan & Phil Watson in the Final. A couple of days later, they faced each other across the net in the Men's 55 Singles Final, with Andrew the victor, marking his first Seniors' National Singles trophy.

The Men's 60 Doubles Final threw up an interesting combination - Alistair Alexander & Mike Harpin were the beaten finalists in the 2021 Men's 55 Doubles Final, who have now moved up an age group and faced the 2021 Men's 60 Doubles finalists, Graeme Adams and Rajiv Batra. The younger pair were the victors in straight sets.

Alistair took to the court the following day, in the Men's 60 Singles final against Gary Payton and emerged victorious in a long 3 set tussle, thereby giving Alistair his first 'double' in this age group.

Boyd Brackstone and Godfrey Evans won the Men's 70 Doubles title, defeating Paul Denyer & Rennie Johnston in the Final. Boyd attempted the 'double', reaching the Men's 70 Singles final against Bernd Martin of Germany, but was unable to depose the top seed.

Seb Jackson was the winner of the Men's 50 Singles, playing for the first time in this age group, although he was tested by Bernhard Struck in a close two set final.

Marjory Love successfully defended her Women's 70 Singles title, with a win over Rosemary Wilson and partnered with Christine Windmill to win the Women's 70 Doubles, having been runners-up when the event was last played in 2020.

Gillian Brook added the Women's 60 Singles title to the Grass Court Closed title won in 2021, beating Emma Bowen in the Final. Emma was also runner-up in the Women's 60 Doubles with her partner Julie Guzder, losing out to Rhian Griffiths and Debra Schmidt in the Final.

In the last men's match of the tournament, John Spratt defeated Alan Purnell to take the Men's 75 Singles title in straight sets, after overcoming Olly Rogger in a long 3 set match the day before.

Joan Hassell went one step further than 2021, by winning the Women's 80 Singles title, by defeating Jean Porter in the Final.

Jane Hunter retained her Women's 50 Singles title in a tight 3 set Final against Michelle Dutton, to add to the Women's 45 Doubles title she had won with Kerry Quirk the previous day, in another close Final against Gillian Brown and Eilidh Smith. Eilidh did not leave Wrexham without any silverware as she beat Mili Shah to take the Women's 45 Singles title - a very close match, to conclude the tournament at Wrexham.

Another player to 'do the double' at Wrexham was Catherine Davies, who partnered Judy Horn to take the Women's 55 Doubles title on Saturday afternoon, against defending Champions, Rachel Apsey and Lorraine Ristic. Catherine was the victor when she faced Rachel again on Sunday in the Women's 55 Singles Final.

Jane Rushby won the 'Battle of the Janes' in the Women's 65 Singles Final, defeating Jane Timmis to add this age group title to the Grass Court Closed in 2021.

Phyllis Bentham and Melita Froelich Jorgensen were the victors in the Women's 75 Doubles Final, taking the win over Dorothy Bamber and Carol Davies. Valerie Alder and Ann Brown teamed up to take the Women's 65 Doubles title over Mary Byrne-Leitch and Tri Drummond.

We also had a very special birthday cake presentation during the week, to mark the recent and upcoming 90th birthdays of two Seniors Tennis legends, Tom Baron and Gordon Oates. They were even generous enough to share their cake with us!

Trophy presentations were made throughout the week to the Singles and Doubles Finalists and there is an array of photographs from these presentations available on the Seniors Tennis GB Facebook and Instagram pages.

Full results are available on the ITF website and also on our Seniors’ Competitions page.