UNDER-nine tennis player Suzanne Stirling recently represented Scotland and Northern Ireland in the David Lloyd All Stars National Championships at Raynes Park in London.
Eight regional finalists took part. Suzanne was drawn against the second seed from Manchester in the first round, and defeated her in straight sets 4-1, 4-2.
She then played the third seed, the London finalist, in the semi-final and also defeated her in straight sets, 4-2, 4-2.
Unfortunately Suzanne had been unwell since the journey from Scotland and had to withdraw from the final. However, it is no disgrace to hold runner-up position in a GB national event.
Her dad, John, went with her to the competition and said: “Her whole family is so proud of her.”
Montrose Tennis Club told the Review that Suzanne and her sister, Georgia, are training very hard and are competing at a very high standard for their age group.
Suzanne and Lewis Murison, both Ferryden Primary pupils, were selected by Jane Morrison, Tennis Tayside District Coach, to be members of two Tayside teams in an Inter-District event held at Gannochy Centre at Stirling University.
The competition resulted: 1, Aberdeen; 2, Tayside Toppers, with Lewis playing in fourth position; 3, Tayside Tigers, with Suzanne playing in first position; 4, Highlands.
Suzanne and Lewis are already looking forward to their next encounter.
Rhona Alston, secretary of Montrose Tennis Club, has been told that she has been awarded the title of Tennis Scotland Volunteer of the Year 2011, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the sport.
David Marshall, Chief Executive Officer of Tennis Scotland, told Rhona that the award will be presented at the Scottish National Tennis Centre at Stirling early this year.
Rhona told the Review: “It is very much in recognition of all the work that goes on at Montrose Tennis Club and how much is on offer there.
“The fact that we have a very pro-active team on the committee is why the club is being so successful.”
And, never one to let slip the chance to promote the club she added: “We are still looking for major funding to resurface the north courts so any help would be gratefully appreciated.”
Mini Tennis for juniors is back indoors at Lochside Primary this term on Wednesday nights with Graham Walker, DCA licensed coach..
Session A, Mini Tennis Red, primaries one and two, is on from 4.30 to 5.15pm. The cost is £3.50 a session for members, £4.50 for non-members.
Session B, Mini Tennis Orange, for primaries three, four and five is from 5.15 to 6.15pm, and costs are the same as above.
The Montrose men who are to compete in Division One this year are already in training for this challenge as are the men in team two and three who have all been promoted in the Leagues.
For more information on how to join the club or get coaching lessons please see www.montrosetennisclub.org.