16th Oct. 18

Herne Bay LTC Club Tournament Finals were held on Sunday 2nd September although 3 finals had to be re-scheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. On a bright, warm and sunny day a healthy turn out of spectators watched 4 finals take place.

In the Mens Singles Alex Kazakeos was bidding to regain the title he held 2 years before. The first set comprised some varied tennis which eventually went to a tie break. Dan strolled into a 6-0 lead but Alex gradually fought back to 6-5. However, just when it looked like Alex would draw level, Dan got the deciding point to take the set. Dan gained confidence from this and immediately broke serve. Fifteen minutes later he was celebrating a 7-6 6-1 victory and his first club singles title. This year no Ladies Singles competition took place as there was only one entrant. This is a shame and we urge ladies to consider competing in future years.

The Mens Singles Plate final pitched Steve Howard against young Robbie Benka. This was a tight battle with some good rallies, Robbie emerging victorious 6-3 6-4.

The Mens doubles final gave Ben Keighley the chance to win his first doubles title after losing an extremely close final last year. He teamed up with Alex Kazakeos against past multi title holders Ian Cooke & Peter Elsden. A very close match was anticipated but a combination of Ian playing inspired tennis, together with lobs being put into the bright sun to thwart Ben & Alex’ attacking play, Ian & Peter controlled the match, winning 6-3 6-1.

The Mixed Doubles Plate pitched Helen Lipyeat and Colin Thompson against Sarah Pout and Bryan Packham. Helen & Colin controlled the first set but the second was close with lots of rallies containing dinks, lobs and angles. Helen and Colin managed to edge it 6-2 7-5.

The combined Mens/Ladies Doubles final was not played due to lack of availability of one pair so Dan Walker & Robbie Benka received a walkover.

The Mixed Doubles final was played on 27th Sept with holders Louise Tucker & Peter Elsden playing the club coach combination of Nicola Mileham and Dan Walker. Louise and Peter won the first dozen points moving into a 3-0 lead but Nicola and Dan reciprocated after finding their range. It was then very close with Louise and Peter managing to get a service break to win the set 6-4. After a close start to set two when Nicola and Dan edged ahead, Louise and Peter then called on their experience to gradually gain control and win the match 6-4 6-2.

The Ladies doubles final was played on 3rd October with defending champions Louise Tucker and Anne Gibbs playing Dani Miles and Nicola Mileham. A very close first set ensued and at 5-6, Louise and Anne had numerous opportunities to take the match into a tie break but failed due to a mixture of errors and good play by Nicola and Dani who won it 7-5. The challengers then grew in confidence and their more powerful game allowed them to race through the second set 6-0 and re-gain the title they won a couple of years ago.