After a slow, wet start to the summer, the junior players at Liverpool Tennis Club welcomed the sunny August weather that accompanied them to the close of another successful season.
By Gavin Raddall
The Liverpool Tennis Club was chosen by Tennis Nova Scotia for the forth consecutive year to host the junior class South Shore Open from July 19 to 21. Five local members participated in the Open's four age categories, including Caleb Kwan (under-12), Mika Hassinktas (under-12), Luna Hassinktas (under-14), Spencer Wagner (under-18) and Gavin Raddall (under-18).
Caleb Kwan won the consolation title for the under-12 division after defeating Zachary Lorrete of Halifax. Gavin Raddall (head instructor at Liverpool Tennis Club) placed second in the under-18 division after losing to Jacob McGuigan of Dartmouth in the final.
Since 1993, the Liverpool Tennis Club has competed in the South Shore Junior Davis Cup, a tournament amongst the tennis clubs of the South Shore which includes Chester, Lunenburg, Bridgewater and Liverpool. Each club enters a team consisting its top eight junior players, who compete in singles and doubles matches against the top eight players of the opposing clubs. After winning the Davis Cup last summer for the first time since 1997, it was important to the all juniors at Liverpool Tennis Club to defend this hard-earned title again this summer.
Liverpool finished first with the conclusion of round robin play, with Chester in second, Lunenburg in third, and Bridgewater in forth. Bridgewater forfeited their semi-final match-up against Liverpool, resulting in a Liverpool-Lunenburg final. After the first 10 matches, Liverpool was losing by three points, but the local club's top four seeds managed to pull off wins in their doubles matches, resulting in a final score of 71-63 favouring Liverpool. This victory marked the first ever streak of Davis Cup titles for the local club.
To bring this successful season to a close, the tennis club had a fun day open to all juniors on the last day of lessons on Aug. 28. Every year, the Liverpool Tennis Club takes this opportunity to award excellence amongst its junior members.
This year, the most-improved female was Sage Lingley, and the most-improved male was Cole Connors. The club's most sportsmanlike player was Samantha Scobey, and its most valuable player was Simeon Fancy. For the youngest players who use the "mini-court" as a part of Progressive Tennis, the most-improved male was Brock Whynot, and the most-improved female was Ruby Wambolt.