Montrose tennis youngsters show the way

Leo Williams, aged 7, with the giant tennis ball that was his prize for winning the recent Dunfermline under-8 tournament.
Leo Williams, aged 7, with the giant tennis ball that was his prize for winning the recent Dunfermline under-8 tournament.

The first week of the Henderson Vase mixed doubles league started slowly for Montrose, with the first team idle and the second and third playing each other.

However, two junior members have been turning in notable results.

Jack Murison reached the final of the under-16 event of the Sport Aberdeen Tennis Tournament at Westburn.

And Leo Williams, aged seven, has won two local tournaments and finished third in a large field in England.

Jack won his first match in Aberdeen easily then had to work harder to win his next two matches. In the semi-finals he lost an opening set tiebreak but then won the second set easily and the champions tiebreak by 10-8.

In the final Jack lost to Ben Souter, a player with a much higher rating, by 6-3 6-2, not finding a way to turn deuce scores to winning games often enough.

Leo Williams has won two recent under-eight tournament,s in Dunfermline and Arbroath, and finished third in Thongsbridge, Yorkshire, despite playing after a five-hour car journey.

His only loss was to the eventual winner, and he went on to win a playoff to take third place in the 23-player field.

Meanwhile, in a first-round third division Tayside Tennis mixed doubles match, Montrose 2 beat Montrose 3 by 17-1.

The club’s first pair for the second team, Andy Moffat and Barbara Watson, won all their sets, as did the father-daughter second pair of Fraser and Niamh McGlynn.

The third couple, Jack Murison and Janet Thomson, won five sets.

For the third team, the first pair of James Sievewright and Dawn Ramsay and the third pair of Rhona Alston and Chad Neighbor were winless despite some close sets, while the second couple of Freya Milne and Ally Sievewright put a set on the score sheet for the third team.

Montrose’s fourth team should have turned in a fairly routine Division 5 victory at Glenfarg but Gill Baxter, playing with husband Andy, tore an Achilles’ tendon early on and the two had to concede six sets.

Montrose’s first pair of Stuart Matthews and Corinna Gow won three sets out of five played and the third couple of Richard Henderson and Kirsty Robertson, aged 13, won four sets out

of six.

So whilst Montrose won a majority of sets played the result was a 10-7 loss.

Gill will be in a cast for 12 weeks, but said she enjoyed the match while it lasted.