This year, we upgraded our Open Seniors’ Tournament to an ITF Tournament increasing our number of competitors to an impressive 131 players.  Alongside GB players, we were pleased to welcome players from Poland, Japan, Germany, Austria, Ireland, Spain & Portugal. Matches were played over five days, in glorious sunshine, on our superb Grass Courts and we received many great comments on their upkeep and the work of the Grounds Team. Six of the Singles Events were won by HLTC members:
  • MS40                 Jaime Cotton
  • MS50                  Marcus Stapleton
  • MS55                  Ian Portal
  • MS70                  Norman Church
  • WS35                  Gillian Brown
  • WS60                  Joy Allsopp
Three of the Doubles Events were won by HLTC members:
  • MD35                 Jaime Cotton & David Lawlor
  • MD50                 Anthony Illingworth & Ian Portal
  • MD70                 Norman Church partnering Terry Mabbitt

HLTC SUCCESS in the British Seniors’ Closed Grass Court Championships

First National Title for Harpenden’s Becerra Monica Becerra, from Harpenden Lawn Tennis Club, has taken her first national title on any surface by winning the Over 50s Ladies Singles British Grass Court Championships. This national closed event was held at Surbiton Lawn Tennis Club in Surrey, but due to rain the finals events were moved from grass to artificial clay courts, requiring adaptability from the players. Monica was seeded number 2 at the tournament based on her ITF (International Tennis Federation) ranking of 43, and in the final played the top seed, Lianne Tapson, ranked a few places above her. It was the first time the pair had met and the change of court surface, coupled with high winds, led to challenging conditions for both players. Monica emerged victorious in two sets, at 6-3, 6-4. The title win has capped a highly successful year for Monica, who was selected to play for Great Britain in the World Team Championships in Helsinki in June. The GB 50s ladies beat Brazil and Italy to win their group, but then lost to Germany in the playoffs, resulting in a creditable sixth place from 19 teams. “This has been an awesome tennis year for me,” said Monica, “and I am delighted with the results this year, some of which came in really difficult conditions.”    

Harpenden Seniors’ Tennis Success

Recent hot weather failed to wilt the performances of Harpenden seniors playing in the Harpenden Lawn Tennis Club Open Seniors Tournament 2016, with six titles won by the home club.

Drawing 75 competitors predominantly from Hertfordshire and the surrounding counties, the tournament was fiercely contested. Matches were played over three days and for the men included six age groups for the singles and four age groups for the doubles, while the ladies competition included just two singles age groups and one doubles group.

Harpenden’s Norman Church took the 70+ title, while fellow club-member Graham Downes triumphed in the 75+ category, coming through in a nail-bitingly close tie-break. The Doubles competition was dominated by Harpenden, with Thomas Parsons and Andrew Soul winning the 60+ (Finals score 6-2, 6-2), Norman Church and Terry Mabbitt taking the 70+ ( 6-0, 6-4) and John Barnett and Richard Rowlandson victorious in the 75+ category ( 6-0, 6-1).

In the Ladies competition HLTC member Joy Allsopp won the 50+ category, coming through the first set in the Finals on a tie-break before sweeping to victory with a 6-1 second set.

10&U boys runners up in the National Tennis County Cup

The National U10 Tennis County Cup started with 43 Counties competing at a regional level to gain a place at the National finals in Sunderland from the 10th to 13th June. Hertfordshire qualified following a tense final against Suffolk in the regional qualifiers in Norwich to book their place. It was great to have three of the four representatives from Harpenden LTC being Elliott Lowe, Freddie Simpson and James Styles. It was always going to be a tough competition set over three days with the format including both singles and doubles. On the Friday and Saturday the boys played against Northumberland, Herefordshire & Worcestershire and Avon. They were all very close matches and the boys won through to the final on Saturday following a win in the final doubles match against Avon. It was an all home counties final against final against Surrey on the final with some great matches being played and Surrey ultimately coming out winners. The Hertfordshire boys played really well throughout and a fantastic achievement to be runners-up in the National County cup with such strong representation from Harpenden LTC.

Harpenden Seniors’ Success at the British Open Clay Court championships

British Open Clay Court Tennis Championships 2016 Grade A Held in Bournemouth 28th May – 4th June 2016 Harpenden players achieved great success at the above tournament: Gillian Brown – Winner Ladies’ 40’s Singles Delphine Rive – Winner Ladies’ 45’s Singles Graham Downes – Winner of Men’s 75’s Doubles Norman Church – Finalist in Men’s 70’s Doubles

National Girls Schools Tournament

Doubles winnersU16 St Albans 1 supporting team mates PRESS RELEASE – HARPENDEN LAWN TENNIS CLUB Harpenden Lawn Tennis Club (HLTC) hosted their National Girls Schools Tournament last Saturday, drawing teams from as far afield as Surrey and Kent as well as a strong contingent from St. Albans High School for Girls. The High School posted some strong results, but all age categories were eventually won by Queenswood School. This annual event, now in its 96th year, saw 35 teams of doubles pairs arrive at the club in brilliant sunshine to pit their skills against their rivals in a four round tournament across three age categories; Under 14, Under 16 and Under 19. Those losing in their first round match went forward into a consolation draw. In the U14 category, St. Albans 1st team duo Rebecca Adhern Smith and Yasmin Knowles defeated their school’s second team 6-2, 6-2 to progress to the semi-finals, where they lost 6-4, 6-2 to the eventual tournament winners, Queenswood 1. The final between Queenswood 1 and Berkhamsted 1 was nail-bitingly close, eventually won by Queenswood on a 10-6 tie-break. St. Albans U16 first team, Laura Nichols and Maria Selous, were beaten in their first match by a strong Sevenoaks team but went on to win the consolation plate, defeating Benenden 1 on a tie-break in the final. The St Albans U19 first team, Evie Altman and Nadia Melidoro, also entered their consolation draw, progressing to the finals where they lost to another strong Sevenoaks team. Glorious weather ensured the event was well attended by both supporters and HLTC members, with a lively clubhouse atmosphere encouraged by the provision of a café and bar. Former tournament organiser, Joyce Snell, still a non-playing club member, attended the event and pronounced it to be in good hands, with an excellent standard of play. Olivia Peel of U16 Queenswood 1 said, “I really like this tournament and the clubhouse is really good too.” The event was sponsored by College Prospects of America, a sports scholarship placement service. For further information: Sarah J Villarreal – Media Officer mob. 07919 090650

10u Boys County Cup success


This weekend the Herts U10 team for the County Cup qualifying included three players from HLTC being Elliott, Freddie and James Styles as three of the four members of the squad. They travelled to Norfolk to play a box league against Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire on Saturday wining all eight rubbers and advancing to the semi finals on Sunday morning against Norfolk.

The boys played well again winning all the games against Norfolk to seal a final against Suffolk. The Suffolk match was very close ending in a draw before a 10 point Championship tie break to decide who advanced to the finals in Sunderland. Elliott and Freddie played doubles for the Championship tie break and came through together to win 10-6.

A great weekend for the Herts team who have qualified for the County Cup final in Sunderland with seven other Counties who won their regional tournaments. Fantastic to have Harpenden LTC so well represented at a County level.

Fila English Seniors Indoor Championships

Harpenden players achieved great success at the Seniors Indoor Championships, held at Gosling Sports Park, from 12th to 17th April 2016: Bridie Amos – winner of the 45’s Ladies Singles Monica Becerra – runner up of the 50’s Ladies Singles Joy Allsopp – winner of the 60’s Ladies Doubles Norman Church – winner of 70’s Mens Doubles  

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