Report by Sue Doncaster
This event returned to being played at its usual time in spring, as a precursor to the main summer season, and was held at Tarka Tennis Centre, as before. Entries were unfortunately once again affected by covid19, and some players had to withdraw part way through when they tested positive.
The ladies’ singles was cancelled as a positive test meant there were insufficient numbers.
There were some entries from new names, of whom some made successful challenges to the status quo, and took away trophies: Philip Lawton won the men’s singles, and together with his fiancée Cassie Dix, took the open mixed doubles, defeating the defending pair, Matt Johns, and Teresa Poole. There was a close 3-set battle in ladies’ doubles resulting in the new pairing of Abi Hanafin & Lucy Colville defeating the defending partnership of Alli Swinton & Teresa Poole.
North Devon Tournament RESULTS:
MEN’S SINGLES – Philip Lawton beat Alex Wingent 6.3, 6.1
MEN’S DOUBLES – Matt Johns/Billy Pearce beat Gerald Sussex/Matt Daniel 6.2, 6.2
LADIES’ DOUBLES – Abi Hanafin/Lucy Colville beat Teresa Poole/Alli Swinton 4.6, 7.6, 10.8
OPEN MIXED DOUBLES – Philip Lawton/Cassie Dix beat Matt Johns/Teresa Poole 6.1, 7.6
OVER 50’s MIXED DOUBLES – Gerald Sussex/Teresa Poole beat Andrew & Allison Swinton 6.4, 6.4
OVER 60’s MIXED DOUBLES – Andy & Jinny Stapley beat John Norman/Helen Beer 6.1, 6.3