The days might be getting shorter and the air cooler, but Montrose Tennis Club’s juniors are still playing in tennis tournaments – and winning them.
Junior stalwart Marta Krause won the 16-and-under division at the North of Scotland Autumn Open at Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, last month, beating a player with a higher rating by 6-1 6-4 in the final. She did not drop a set in four matches.
In addition, she was runner-up in the 18-and-under division, winning two matches against players with a higher rating on the way to the final. She lost in the final against another higher-rated player.
Meanwhile, Cameron Fryer, an experienced tournament player despite his young age, won the nine-and-under mini-tennis North of Scotland tournament last month at Kinnoull Tennis Club in Perth, beating a West of Scotland player 7- 5 7-0 in the final.
He was runner-up in the nine-and-under Centenary Challenge at Barnton in Edinburgh in September, losing 7-3 3-7 7-5 in a finely balanced final.
The club’s indoor league season has also begun, with the first team drawing 4-4 against Duffus of Coupar Angus in the A Division.
Montrose’s youthful ladies’ pairing of Marta Krauze and Niamh McGlynn won both their sets while the men’s pairing of Fraser McGlynn and James Sievewright split theirs.
In the mixed doubles, Montrose’s first pair of Marta and James lost both their sets, but the father-daughter McGlynn combination won one set in the only tie-break of the match before losing the second.