Record entry as tennis Open beats downpurs

Doncaster Spring Open Edward Morris and 14U doubles partner Lewis Cox,
Doncaster Spring Open Edward Morris and 14U doubles partner Lewis Cox,

DONCASTER Lawn Tennis Club’s annual Spring Open was the only LTA outdoor major tournament played last week to be completed on time.

Over 520 matches, 223 more than last year, were completed during the rain-hit, six-day tournament, which attracted a record entry of 347.

Doncaster Spring Open U12 players Matthew Clegg and Elizabeth Morris

Doncaster Spring Open U12 players Matthew Clegg and Elizabeth Morris

The total number of entries in all events was 477 - up 50 per cent on 2011.

With Danum Windows sponsoring the Nine and Under and Ten and Under events, and ProAktive the 16 and Under LTA Summer National Tour Clay Court event, a record prize money of nearly £1,200 up for grabs,

Doncaster’s Vishnu Panikkar, the No 2 seed, reached the final of the boy’s 12 and Under event only to lose out to No 3 seed Matthew Hollingworth.

Doncaster’s Matthew Clegg had earlier lost in the quarter-finals.

Panikkar, who became the first Doncaster player to win a singles title last year in more than a decade, lost in the second round of the boys 14 and Under competition,

Luis Sylvester lost in the first round but his doubles partner Edward Morris reached the third round before being beaten by a seeded player.

Morris partnered Sheffield’s Lewis Cox in the doubles and they dropped only one game en-route to the final where they were beaten by Scottish pairing Ruairidh Fraser and Ewan McKinnie, - part of a group of players visiting the tournament from Inverness with their coaches.

All local competitors, including Edward Morris, Oliver Humphries, Jake Prime and Jonathan Warren, went out in the qualifying rounds of the boys 16 and Under singles, won by Dorset’s Adam Glynn.

The British No.1 at this age group, Glynn beat Northants’ Jack Haworth in the final.

The girl’s event was won by No 1 seed Sabrina Federici, the British No 3. She beat No 2 seed Natalie Sayer of Hampshire, the British No 7, in the final.

Edward Morris and Luis Sylvester (both still aged 14) battled their way to the semi-finals of the boy’s 18 and Under doubles before losing out to Staffordshire pairing John Boden and Martin Slater.