Tennis: Doncaster Junior Open to break with tradition

Jake Prime's (left) tennis achievements were recognised at last year's Doncaster Free Press Best in Schools awards.
Jake Prime's (left) tennis achievements were recognised at last year's Doncaster Free Press Best in Schools awards.

Doncaster Lawn Tennis Club's Junior Open, which starts this weekend, is breaking with tradition.

The long-running event, which has attracted an entry of 227 from all over the country, will include a men's and ladies' open category for the first time.

Doncaster's Jake Prime, who won the 18 and under boys' doubles with Wheatley's Joe Arrowsmith last year, will contest the men's open where he has been seeded fourth.

Clubmate Kris Bell also tackles the new event.

Doncaster's Edward Morris, whose dad Wayne is again tournament director, will also compete in the open as well as the 18 and under singles and doubles. He was a quarter-finalist in last year's 16 and under singles.

Matthew Clegg, who reached the quarter-finals of the 14 and under singles last year is the top seed in this year's event. He is also ranked No 4 in the 18 and under singles.

Vishnu Panikkar is seeded No 2 in the 16 and under singles where Jacob Bennett and William Scott also compete.

Elizabeth Morris tackles the 14 and under singles and doubles. Will Skidmore and Chris Warren contest the 18 and under doubles.