Bearsden tennis star Gordon courts success

A RISING star in county tennis has been honoured for his achievements over the last year with an award as the most improved player of his club.

Duncan Dean, 18, from Bearsden is a member of Bearsden Lawn Tennis Club and received the Barry Morris Salver for his contributions in the club’s men’s third and second team over the last season.

Despite his age, Duncan has shown a lot of potential and looks set to be a regular in the senior circuit and go on to representing the club at county level tournaments.

John Beeley, one of the coaches at the club, said: “Duncan has done really well this year in the senior teams and shown he has what it takes to play in the men’s third and second teams.

“Duncan has developed over the last year into a really good player who can hold his place in the senior teams, and the award is a fitting recognition of this.”

The Barry Morris memorial trophy was presented to the club by a very keen member who died a few years ago.

Also presented with an award was Tim Dean, Duncan’s father, who was the most successful male competitor in the American tournaments which are a regular feature of play at the club throughout the year.

Meanwhile, five ladies from the club also had reason to celebrate when they won the West of Scotland Veterans’ team event recently.

The ladies’ - Dorothy Gordon, Sheila Mitchell, Jane Lowis, Jean Ogilvie, Moira Burt and Kate Ross - clinched victory in the doubles knockout tournament after beating a veteran’s over 55 team from Craighelen by four sets to one.

This is the second year in a row the ladies have lifted the trophy and the fourth since 2004.

The presentation was made at the recent Tennis West of Scotland annual general meeting held at the David Lloyd Club in Renfrew.