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Sun shines for Lichfield Friary Tennis Club finals day

For the first time in years the sun shone during the Lichfield Friary Tennis Club Championships finals day and it was an action-packed event for two reasons.

Firstly two players took the lion’s share of the trophies, but it was also the first Finals Day since Lichfield Lawn Tennis Club merged with the Friary.

Jane Hamlin won the Ladies Singles title for the sixth time beating Ruth Moon 2-6, 6-0, 6-1.

Julian Fisher was in three finals – mens singles, mens doubles and the mixed doubles – and started off the treble attempt well. He won the his fifth Mens Singles Championships with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Neil Eggington.

Fisher was due to partner Eggington in the mens doubles against James Morris and David Goss but the match was delayed until a later date as Goss’ wife gave birth to a baby girl just before the event.

The treble dream is still on for Fisher after he partnered Ladies Champion Jane Hamlin to win the Mixed Doubles title against David Cooper and Rose Brown 6-2, 6-2. For Cooper and Brown it was their first Friary Championships after previously playing at the Lichfield Lawn Club.

The Ladies Doubles was won by Jo Jennings and Rose Brown who beat Margaret Evans and Caroline Lort 6-1, 6-2.

The Mixed Plate was finally awarded to Donna Greatorex and Gavin Cheshire after a mammoth 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 over husband and wife team Chris and Martin Weir.

Club chairman Achim Kreuser said “It’s been one of the best club championships for years and was made extra special with the recently joined members from Lichfield Lawn Tennis Club.

“We had a record turnout and the standard of play throughout the tournament has been excellent, with all the matches on finals day giving joy to all those who watched.”

To join Lichfield Friary Tennis Club please call Gill McDonald on 01543 433055 or visit

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