Haverhill Tennis Club held its annual closed tournament final’s day on Sunday and the crowd of spectators were rewarded with some excellent tennis. The juniors started the day off with brothers Freddie and Alfie Paffett playing each other in the Under 12 event. The first game of the match lasted 15 minutes! Alfie got the better of the first set winning 4-1, Freddie then fought back to win the second set 4-2, in the third set tie break Alfie won a close match 10-7
Matt Magin played a very steady match against Harvey Paffett to win 6-2, 6-1 in the 16u event, successfully defending the event he won last year.
The Ladies and Mens’ final had the same line up as last year but with reversed results. Josh Dashwood was in fine form as he won the first set 6-3 with some very impressive tennis, thundering a few forehand winners past Gratz Senn. After a slow start to the second set, Gratz made a good recovery and challenged well to recover back to 4-4. Josh then took the next 2 games to win the title for the fourth time.
After losing last year’s Ladies title to Abi Cartwright-Thomas, we saw a different approach from Keri Tobin this year, who built the rallies before unleashing ground stroke winners. After losing the first set 6-3, Abi wasn’t going to let her title go without a fight, quickly moving into a 3-1 lead but Keri fought back well to level the match at 4-4, eventually winning 6-4.
In the Ladies doubles final Abi would partner Danielle Miller against sisters Sarah and Rachel Jeffs. Danielle played very consistently throughout the match and, with the experience of Abi, proved too strong for the sisters who volleyed well but failed to take their opportunities.
The men’s doubles final first set swung from one team to the other with the pairing of James (legend) Booth and Rob Jeffs serving for the first set at 5-4. However, the team of Josh Dashwood and Tom Marsh broke serve twice to take the first set 7-5. Josh and Tom got off to a good start to lead 3-1, but James and Rob managed to bring it back to 3-3, but then some ferocious forehand returns from Josh proved to be too strong as they retained the trophy they won last year.
Then newly crowned singles champions Josh and Keri played against Adam Fowle and Abi Cartwright-Thomas in the mixed final. This was a very entertaining match with lots of great doubles play, watched by quite a crowd at the end of a great day of tennis. Josh and Keri won 6-3, 6-4.
If you’d like to come along and play tennis then check the website for details: haverhilltennisclub.co.uk