Youngsters serve up an ace performance

PUBLISHED: 18:52 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:48 11 May 2010

NET GAINS: Alice Latham and Aaron Barker of St Mary's School, with coaches Matt  Fellingham and Christine Knight DSC01399

NET GAINS: Alice Latham and Aaron Barker of St Mary's School, with coaches Matt Fellingham and Christine Knight DSC01399

WIMBLEDON fever swept Royston Tennis Club this week with two tournaments taking place. First was the club s annual primary schools tournament, where budding young players came under the scrutiny of club coaches Matt Fellingham and Christine Knight. Chri

WIMBLEDON fever swept Royston Tennis Club this week with two tournaments taking place.

First was the club's annual primary schools tournament, where budding young players came under the scrutiny of club coaches Matt Fellingham and Christine Knight.

Christine said: "We've been visiting the schools for taster sessions over the past few weeks, and we wanted to get those schools together for a tournament so they can demonstrate what they have learned and celebrate Wimbledon."

More than 50 youngsters from Roman Way, Tannery Drift, St Mary's, Reed, Therfield, and Barkway schools took part, with pupils aged from six-10.

Keiran Blois of St Mary's School said: "I've enjoyed playing children from other schools and it has been really fun.

"The best thing is hitting the ball really hard."

Zac Conley of Therfield School said: "Tennis is one of my favourite sports. We've been learning how to keep control of the ball and different hand skills.

"Hopefully one day I can be as good as Rafael Nadal."

Roman Way won both finals, with Reed finishing as runners-up in the Year 4 final and Therfield runners-up in the Year 3 final.

Head coach Fellingham said: "I've been very impressed with what I've seen, there have been some very talented young players.

"We run this tournament every year, although this year there are more schools and pupils involved.

"It always works well, and we've received some really good feedback.

"The children improve every year and you can see that they are demonstrating what we've been teaching them when they play.

"They're a talented bunch, who seem to love playing tennis."

The club also held its annual Mid Wimbledon Tournament, with 20 senior and junior players taking part in the competition.

Mike Fellingham and Nathan O'Looney were eventual winners, beating Christine Knight and Neil Addison 6-2.

In the final rounds of the Cambridgeshire Summer League, Royston men's first team were in great form, with Andy Holmes, Richard Fosbeary, Mike Moss, and Ralph Betts securing a 7-1 win at Peterborough City.

The win clinched a deserved promotion to Division Four, with the league title still a possibility.

In their penultimate match, the ladies first team proved too strong for Great Shelford thirds with a crushing 8-0 victory, while the under-13 second team of Toby Jackson and Leo Pickett dismissed their Fulbourn opponents 3-0.

The under-13 first team of Miles Arnold and Isaac Pickett also chalked up a win, with another comfortable 3-0 victory.

For more information visit www.royston-tennis.co.uk

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