Tennis: Wimbledon magic set to arrive at Bessacarr club

Liz Beaton is head coach at Doncaster Lawn Tennis Club.
Liz Beaton is head coach at Doncaster Lawn Tennis Club.

Wimbledon again promises to be one of the highlights of the summer, not least because British No 1 Andy Murray looks to be in with a real chance of lifting the elusive men’s singles title, writes Steve Hossack.

And Doncaster Lawn Tennis Club are again hoping to bring a touch of London SW19 magic to town next week.

The Bessacarr club will host a Wimbledon Special Ladies’ Tournament at their 12-court base in Saxton Avenue on Thursday.

“I started running ladies’ tournaments at the club in 2009,” said joint head coach Liz Beaton.

“They have a dual purpose of introducing new players at the club, many of whom I was coaching, to players who have been at the club for a number of years and tended to play in their usual partnerships.

“They also raise some funds for junior development.”

This year’s event will be the club’s third ‘Wimbledon’ tournament and, as usual, competitors must observe the ‘all white’ dress code observed during the Championships.

The modern clubhouse will be decked out in Wimbledon’s traditional purple and green colours.

Complimentary strawberries and cream, a Wimbledon favourite, will also be served up after play, which begins at 9.30am.

“The previous events have been generally very well supported by our members and I think it has helped to give the club a friendly atmosphere,” said Liz.

“It has given a few of the newer recruits to tennis the confidence to play different people and to play more often.

“Consequently, several have joined the club and are now playing competitively every week.”

Explaining the format, Liz said: “Players are allocated to a court of six people of similar ability and play several games with different partners.

“The player who has won the most games throughout the morning on her court receives a small prize.”

The event is open to members and non-members and caters for all standards.

Bookings (£10) can be made by contacting the club on 01302 536134.