Westridge Skoda IoW Championships 2017
After superb weather on the previous weekend very wet conditions were faced by the competitors on the Sunday of the second week of the Skoda IW tennis Championships at the Ryde Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
In the most hotly contested event of the first weekend Martyn Bailey (West Bay) took the mens singles title in his first time of entering overcoming a previous champion, Peter Reynolds (Ryde Lawn) 7-6, 6-3. He then proceeded to win the mixed doubles event partnering Ella Parsons (West Bay) overcoming the more seasoned pairing of Richard Hutchins and Christine Harrison in a closely fought final.
The ladies singles title was won by Maddy Clewett (Ventnor) who completed the round robin event without dropping a set.
The ladies doubles final was a one sided affair, Kahren Barter and Suree Russell (Ryde Lawn) dropping only one game in securing the title. Their opponents Sarah Moore and J – Lo Moore (Ryde Lawn) were pushed hard in both their preliminary rounds and deserved their place in the final.
On the very wet Sunday spectators were treated to fine mens doubles play. Ben Brading and Mikey Foulkes (Ryde Mead) easing out Simon Jenkin (Ventnor and Ryde) and Jack Stapeley (Ventnor) in a very tense affair 6-4, 7-6 to take the trophy.
In the 60 + events Ann Tapley and Tom Carter (Ryde Lawn) took the mixed doubles trophy. Robert Stead and Mike Munns (Ryde Lawn) winning the mens doubles event for the first time.
The presentations were made by sponsor Mark Winkles of Skoda Westridge Garage. Next years event has been provisionally scheduled for 17/18/19 and 25/26 August 2018.