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.