Gavid Vickers was presented with the Men’s Open Tournament trophy, beating Gavin Webb in the process over three tense but spectacular sets. The Ladies Open Tournament final was also a tense affair: Charlotte Tonkiss, aged just 17, battled Lynn Giles, a regular finalist in this annual event, culminating in a match that lasted well over two hours.
The Men’s Open Doubles event was won by the ever-present Brian Mileham and Stevie Mayer who beat Gavin Webb and Jon Smith. Lynn Giles and Joc Cox defeated up and coming sisters Amie and Charlotte Tonkiss in Ladies Open Doubles. The Open Mixed Doubles trophy was snapped up by Gavid Vickers and Lynn Giles who beat Steve Mayer and Wendy Munday.
In the Open Tournament Plate, Gabriel Awonusi narrowly missed out to Paul West who claimed the Plate for the second successive year.
Jamie Frye prevented Gavid Vickers from collecting a clean sweep of trophies by taking the Handicap Tournament trophy in a gruelling final. Lesley Wright was jubilant in the Ladies Handicap tournament, beating Yvonne Nunn in an entertaining match. Club veterans George Buckmaster and Chris Whittingham proved they still have what it takes by beating the younger Andrew Wright and Roy Valentine in the Men’s Handicap Doubles. In the Ladies Handicap Doubles, Charlotte and Amie Tonkiss beat Lesley Wright and Zoe Montellano, and in the Handicap Mixed Doubles, Paul West and Linda Jermain were triumphant over Lesley and Andrew Wright.
The Juniors too at Margate Lawn Tennis Club provided fierce competition and entertaining tennis in their tournaments. Jake Munday pipped Aiden Nunn to the Boy’s Open Singles title.
The Girl’s Open Singles final was a battle of sisters, with Charlotte losing out to younger sister Amie Tonkiss. The Boys Open Doubles title was claimed by Arthur Lawlor and James Wright in a magnificently contested final against Ayo Owodobore and Kallum Marlow. Charlotte and Amie Tonkiss collected the Girls’ Doubles trophy, defeating Catherine Banks and Zoe Motellano. The Junior Mixed Doubles trophy went Kane Rowland and Charlotte Tonkiss, with James Wright and Amy Tonkiss runners-up.
“This well attended club presentation night was not only fun for all who attended,” says Club Chairman John Taylor, “but also excellent recognition of the talent that has always been part and parcel, and indeed continues to grow, at our tennis club. It is good to see a mixture of familiar faces and also up and coming talent that will certainly prove good for the future of our club.”