Junior tennis is thriving at the town courts

ON SUNDAY, Angus Tennis Development Group held its annual junior confined tournament.

The boys’ 16-and-under tournament had a large entry.

In one semi-final Cameron Eeles played fellow Montrose clubmate Scott Lorimer. With the players knowing each other’s games well a tight match ensued, with Scott edging it 6-3, 6-2.

The other finalist was decided by a match between local player Findlay Soutar, and George Fairlie from Arbroath. The first set was close with George just taking it 6-4. The older player from Arbroath then secured a final berth by taking the second set 6-2.

A close final was on the cards as the wind picked up and made playing difficult. Scott took the first set 6-4 with the Arbroath player fighting back to secure the second set 6-4.

The match moved into the deciding match tie-break. Scott took an early lead as George double-faulted twice, and kept his nose ahead to retain the title with a 10-7 win.

A plate event for first round losers was won by Ross Mitchell.

The boys’ 12-and-under event was won by Murray Soutar with Nicholas Stirling runner-up.

Junior team outings

Montrose Tennis Club Team 1 had a spectacular win over Kinnoull 2. Scott Lorimer led the team by winning his singles 6-0 6-2, closely followed by Cameron Eeles with a convincing win 6-2 6-2. Not to be outdone Findlay Soutar with his hard-hitting forehand won 6-3 6-1. To complete the singles Ross Mitchell had another terrific win, 6-1 6-1. Kinnoull were up against a Montrose team which is now competing and training very hard to secure their place in next year’s Super League Division. Scott and Cameron rose ahead in their doubles with the first set 6-1 and won the second in an exciting tie-break 7-6. Findlay and Ross then drew their singles 6-3 and with a great effort from the Kinnoull boys were pipped in the second set 7-6.

The match between Team 2 and Craigie 1 proved a hard afternoon for the young squad. James Sievwright led out his team against an older and more experienced league-leading team coached by Craig Cameron. All the Montrose players were beaten in singles and doubles: James Sievwright (13) Murray Soutar (11) Nicholas Stirling (11) and Scott Coull (13). Each match was closely and fairly contended and it was a great afternoon of tennis.

But it was a walk-over for Team 3 who were to play Crieff 2. The Perthshire side conceded without hitting a ball.

Tennis Tayside Green Ball

Between heavy showers of rain on Sunday a green ball tournament took part for juniors in the Tayside area, refereed by club coach Graeme Walker who is actively encouraging tournament play with the juniors.

The overall winner was Patrick Young, a joint Montrose/Stonehaven player and currently Under-10 and North County Champion.

Montrose club’s most promising young player award last year went to Lewis Murison (Ferryden Primary) and he played outstanding tennis to win six of his seven matches. He put in a terrific effort with solid ground strokes, and was just beaten in the final. It was a great afternoon to be a spectator!

On Sunday (July 3), there will be an adult/junior tournament fun day with Wimbledon Theme.

You are invited to go along and enjoy afternoon tea and strawberries served in clubhouse while watching the men’s final.

Register at 1pm with Graeme Walker.