Impressive start to season by promising tennis aces

Thomas Atkinson and Robert Thomlinson
Thomas Atkinson and Robert Thomlinson

Beverley Leisure Centre’s young tennis teams got off to a great start to the summer season.

The eight under mini tennis red players enjoyed an afternoon of top competition in Division One of the Aegon Yorkshire Cluster Leagues. After narrowly missing out on a semi final-berth in the previous day’s competition Matthew Wild was in impressive form showing a fierce determination in dominating his matches.

Max Harris-Smith and Lucy Holtby, both in their final season of red matches, won the majority of their singles rubbers with a top display of tennis.

Twins Alex and Rory Atkinson produced some stunning performances against much older opposition, providing evidence that they will soon be dominating these events.

Youngsters William Britt and Bartie Clark may be relatively new to competing at this level but both showed great promise for the future by playing some great matches.

Beverley’s Thomas Atkinson and Bishop Burton’s Robert Thomlinson were both part of the nine-and-under team that took the mini orange Aegon title at Cottingham. After losing the first set 6-7 in the deciding match against David Lloyd, Atkinson stormed back to take the next two sets 7-4, 7-0 to win his match while Thomlinson was in top form to notch up a 7-4, 7-5 victory.

It then fell to Daniela Deighton and Millie Skelton to take the trophy by winning their doubles 10-3.

Centre coaches Michael Wells and Joe Dudill combined well to beat local rivals Beverley and East Riding at 18-and-under level while Wells’ sister Rebecca was unbeaten helping the Advantage Coaching under 14 girls team to a 3-0 win over Swanland.

Beverley programme manager Ben Holtby said: “It was thrilling to see the mini orange team take their first team win as they are all relatively new to this level and very exciting to see how far the under eight team has progressed over the winter.”