Open tennis tournament makes it a busy week at Cromer

Norfolk's Daniel Wynne, winner of the Norfolk Open men's singles title at Cromer. Picture: Club

Norfolk's Daniel Wynne, winner of the Norfolk Open men's singles title at Cromer. Picture: Club - Credit: Archant

Cromer Tennis and Squash Club hosted the Norfolk Open Tennis Tournament.

Many players return to the club year after year for the tournament, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019, and the club are already planning ahead for that.

Once again, referee Derek Perry and his team of assistants, Linda Wynne, Heather Bottomley and Carol Wright, produced a well organised series of events throughout the week, ably assisted by tournament director Howard Bottomley.

Events ranged from the open singles, doubles and open mixed to age events from 18 up to 60+ which were all well supported.

Cromer club players who featured in the tournament included Tom Fisher, who lost in the men's open singles quarter-finals to the eventual winner.


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Sian Stoppani and her brother William lost in the quarter-finals of the open mixed restricted doubles as did Val Woodhouse with her partner Wayne Tideswell.

Other local players who took part included Matthew Sampson, who won the 18&U boys' singles title, and Daniel Wynne, who took the Norfolk open men's singles title, beating Matthew Sampson from EA Tennis.

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The Norfolk open ladies' singles title went to Lucy Wright from Doncaster who beat Emily Barrett from EATSC in Norwich.

Tom Fisher and Daniel Wynne took the men's open doubles title and Emily Barrett and Sarah Wells were the runners-up in the ladies open doubles, losing to Lucy Wright and Olivia Parkin.

Jenny Coady from Beccles took the restricted ladies' doubles title with her partner Jane Ray. Emily Barrett featured again in the open mixed doubles with Alex Watkinson from Stanmore Tennis Club but they were unable to prevent Jacob Bennett and Lucy Wright from claiming the title.

The Henery brothers, Neil and Paul from Cringleford TC, lost in the quarter-finals of the 55 men's doubles.

Robin Chipperfield featured in several of the age related events, winning both the 45 men's singles and the 45 mixed doubles with Jane Ray. He came second in the 55 men's singles to Paul Hammond, another player who has taken part in the Open for many years.

At the end of a busy month, the Cromer club now returns to its normal business of catering to its members and all the visitors who play there for the rest of the year.

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