The Progress Tour's £10,000 tennis tournament saw high-quality tennis played on the Cromer's 10 grass courts.

Nearly 60 competitors - mostly British 18 to 24-year-olds - battled for the prize money on offer and to gain vital ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) ranking points to get them onto the world tennis circuit.

The Progress Tour is organised by Barry Fulcher, a Norfolk man who is passionate about providing aspiring British players with the opportunity to compete, learn and earn through tournaments around Britain with decent prize money.

At Cromer, Norfolk player Katherine Barnes thrilled the crowd in the ladies' semi-final against the American player Kate Mansfield.

Katherine Barnes had been off with an injury for more than two years and had only been playing for eight weeks but after an epic long struggle won the match in an extended tie-break.

North Norfolk News: From left, Ryan Storrie, Jieke Stroobant, and Luke Simkiss, at Cromer Tennis ClubFrom left, Ryan Storrie, Jieke Stroobant, and Luke Simkiss, at Cromer Tennis Club (Image: Paul Brittain)

Katherine’s gutsy spirit and retrieval skills were in evidence again the next day in the final against Danielle Daley, but Katherine then sadly had to pull out in the second set due to injury.

In her post-match interview, Katherine, from Hemsby, said she had first touched a tennis racquet when she went on a tennis camp in Norwich aged seven.

From that moment on she and her coaches realised that she had a special talent for tennis.

In May 2021 Katherine beat Emma Raducanu in the LTA British Tour Women’s Singles – another epic struggle. A few months later Emma Raducanu won the US Open.

Club chairman Kelvin van Hasselt said: “I think the best is yet to come for Katherine Barnes on the British and hopefully world tennis stage.

"I hope Katherine will return to Cromer to practise on the grass with her Czech coach Tomas Ruzicka in between tournaments – and also hit with our own head coach Andy Margarson – and our top men and women players."

In the Men’s final, Ryan Storrie (with an ATP ranking career high of 626) outclassed Luke Simkiss who nonetheless put up a great fight.

Mr Storrie said Cromer’s grass courts were “the best I have ever played on – the only ones to compare with Cromer are Wimbledon’s practice courts”.