Tennis trio help Scotland to Home Nations title

Delighted with their success in Cardiff are, left to right, Ewen Lumsden, Aidan McHugh, Alexandra Hunter and Maia Lumsden
Delighted with their success in Cardiff are, left to right, Ewen Lumsden, Aidan McHugh, Alexandra Hunter and Maia Lumsden

Lenzie brother and sister Ewen and Maia Lumsden and Bearsden's Aidan McHugh have played a crucial part in Scotland regaining the Home Nations title.

The three, along with Edinburgh’s Alexandra Hunter, dominated their under-18 matches against Ireland and Wales in Cardiff last weekend.

And their success was a major contribution to Scotland taking the overall title from the competition which also featured matches at 14 and under and 12 and under levels.

The under-18s were captained by coach Toby Smith, brother of British Davis Cup captain Leon.

Against Ireland on the Saturday all three won their singles matches. Ewen defeated Morgan Lohan 6-4 6-2, Aidan beat Peter Corrie 6-4 6-1 and Maia was a 6-4 5-7 10-4 winner over Jennifer Timotin.

Ewen and Aidan also beat Corrie and Lohan 2-6 6-1 11-9 in the doubles while Maia and Alexandra Hunter had a walkover.

It was a similar story in the singles against hosts Wales on the Sunday. Ewen beat James Story 6-3 6-4, Aidan beat Tiarnan Brady 6-7 6-3 10-8 and Maia weas given a 6-0 6-0 victory when he opponent Eleanor Scarff (Wales).

Ewen and Aidan suffered their only defeat of the weekend in the doubles, losing narrowly 6-3 1-6 7-10 to Brady and Story while Maia and Alexandra were 6-1 6-2 winners over Scarff and Morgan Cross.

Tennis Scotland’s Interim Head of Performance Lee Boucher said: “Team events offer a unique opportunity for our players to work together in a competitive environment where every match counts and I was especially pleased at the togetherness demonstrated.”