Tennis champion Emma Wright was celebrating after winning the Bearsden Lawn Tennis Club’s Ladies singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.
After torrential rain delayed the start it was a straight forward win in the mixed doubles final for Emma and her father Keith 6-1 6-1 against Brenda and Euan Proud.
This was closely followed by the ladies singles final in which Emma took on the powerful ground-strokes of 15-year old Rachel Taylor. After a long first set, in which Rachel had set point, Emma eventually prevailed 7-5 6-0.
After a short break, Emma was back on court to start a marathon ladies doubles final with her partner Joanne Quirk. Opposing them were former champions Dorothy Gordon and Lesley McCracken, and this match went all the way to a last set tiebreak – after two and half hours of pulsating tennis.
A sizeable crowd of club members and supporters were still there after 6pm to see Emma and Joanne win 6-3 4-6 7-6, and to witness Emma completing the rare Grand Slam of singles, soubles and mixed titles in the one day.
The Men’s Singles final saw Derek Mackay take the trophy for a record 18th time! Having first won this event in 1981, Derek showed composure and consistency to win through 6-2 6-2 against doubles specialist Andy Brock. In the Men’s Doubles final, Andy and partner Paul Mazoyer won a close, thrilling match 6-4 4-6 6-3 against the powerful duo of Chris McConnell and Luke Paul, last year’s runners-up.
Young star Rachel Taylor was on court earlier in the day to convincingly win the Girls’ 16 and Under final 6-0 6-0 against Joanna Anderson. Rachel also takes an impressive three titles this year – with victory in the Ladies 21 and Under final over Caroline Hunter, and a win over Iona Cadger in the Girls’ 14 and Under event.
The Girls’ 12 and Under final was a close affair between Sarah Turnbull and Lucy Taylor, Sarah prevailing 4-2 4-2 before heading off to play her second hockey match of the day!
In the boy’s events, Andrew Turnbull emulated his sister Sarah’s win by showing power and patience to take the Boys’ 16 and Under title 6-3 6-4 against the exciting shot-making of Scott Waterfield. Andrew then held his nerve to complete a 3-6 6-0 6-3 comeback in the Men’s 21 and Under final after losing the first set to Liam Gordon. Another multiple winner on the day was Fraser Edwards, whose spirited and skilful play helped him to a 4-2 5-4 victory over Euan Deveney in the Boys’ 12 and Under final. Fraser also took the Boys’ 14 and Under final this year with a win against Scott Curran.
Despite the early rain and the late start, Finals Day was enjoyed by a large group of players and spectators. Special thanks must go the members who provided food and drinks throughout the day, and to the volunteer umpires in the big, green chairs for officiating. Roll on 2015!
TENNIS Finalists: left to right, standing: Chris McConnell, Luke Paul, Paul Mazoyer, Andy Brock, Derek McKay, Dorothy Gordon, Lesley McCracken, Emma Wright, Joanne Quirk, Keith Wright. And seated (l-r) Liam Gordon, Rachel Taylor, Lucy Taylor, Euan Deveney, Fraser Edwards, Andrew Turnbull, Scott Waterfield.