Record entry for Lichfield Friary Lawn Tennis Club championships

There were a record number of entrants for Lichfield Friary Lawn Tennis Club’s championships finals day.

Senior and junior players were cheered on by spectators during six hours of action.

Jane Hamlin, Neil Eggington, Julian Fisher, Marcus John, Rufus Colbourn, Natasha Gorton and Seb Fisher

Jane Hamlin, Neil Eggington, Julian Fisher, Marcus John, Rufus Colbourn, Natasha Gorton and Seb Fisher

Jane Hamlin’s achievements stood out as she won the triple, including the ladies singles, ladies doubles and mixed doubles.

Julian Fisher was couldn’t make it three triples. After achieving two successive treble victories in 2012 and 2013 he couldn’t make it three in a row, but did win the gentlemen’s doubles and partnering Hamlin to the mixed.

The gentlemen’s singles crown went to new coach Michael Hampson with a two set win over Fisher with some excellent tennis.

But one Fisher did win a singles crown. Julian’s eight-year-old son Sebastian won the nine and under junior tournament after a thrilling three set match against Rufus Coulbourn.

Other highlights included Marcus John winning a brace of titles including the under 12 and under 14 titles and siblings Hussain and Yasmin Palejwala who both won a junior singles title each.

Full list of senior champions:

  • Gentlemen’s Singles: Michael Hampson beat Julian Fisher 6-3, 7-5
  • Ladies Singles: Jane Hamlin beat Denise Davies 6-2, 6-2
  • Gentlemen’s Doubles: Julian Fisher and Neil Eggington beat David Cooper and David Spencer 6-2, 6-2
  • Ladies Doubles: Jane Hamlin and Katherine Jukes beat Caroline Lort and Chris Weir 6-2, 6-2
  • Mixed Doubles: Jane Hamlin and Julian Fisher beat Hilary Ward and Chris Wright 6-2, 6-2

Full list of junior champions:

  • Under 8: Rufus Coulbourn beat Isaac Breen 2 sets to 0
  • Under 9: Seb Fisher beat Rufus Coulbourn 2 sets to 1
  • Under 10: Ben Ledson-Perry beat Natasha Gorton 2 sets to 0
  • Under 12 Girls: Natasha Gorton beat Charlotte Mealey 2 sets to 0
  • Under 12 Boys: Marcus John beat Joe Poulton 6-3, 7-6
  • Under 14 Boys: Marcus John beat Max Strohle 3-6, 7-6, 11-8
  • Under 17 Boys: Hussain Palejwala beat Ed Coulthard 6-4, 6-2
  • Under 17 Girls: Yasmin Palejwala beat Charlotte Ward 6-2, 6-2
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