Cambridgeshire Festival of Tennis returns with nearly 250 players after Covid-19 disruption

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The week-long Cambridgeshire Festival of Tennis returned late last month with large turnouts after recent Covid-19 disruptions.

With competitors aged 6 to 72, a total of 245 players took part in the 32 events played at Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club and David Lloyd Club Cambridge.

Those few days proved memorable for Pawel Safuryn, who continued his success in the Men’s Open Singles by also winning the Men’s Open Doubles.

Cambridge Tennis Festival

The David Lloyd player’s solo triumph came at the expense of Christof Schaertlin-Coffey, although he was pushed to a decisive tie-break in a 7-5, 3-6, 10-5 victory .

He then teamed up with Fulbourn Tennis Club’s Nick Ghaznavi successfully in doubles.

However, Swiss player Schaertlin-Coffey still had plenty to celebrate after winning the boys 18 and under event, beating Ryan Parkins 6-4, 6-1 in the final and then teaming up with Seth Briggs-Williams . to win the 18-and-under double.

Cambridgeshire Tennis Festival at Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club
Cambridgeshire Tennis Festival at Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club

In women’s events, Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club’s Gabby Zailer-Fletcher, Sophie Johnstone and Olivia Kaser all had impressive weeks, sharing seven trophies between them.

Zailer-Feltcher won all 18 girls’ singles, beating teammate Johnstone in the final 6-3, 7-5, but the latter bounced back to win all 16 girls’ singles beating Kaser in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 in final.

She also defeated May Havard to lift the 14-and-under title via a 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 win over May Havard.

Kaser’s title came in the 12 and under section as she outscored Zoe Petheram 6-0, 6-2, while Zailer-Fletcher teamed up with Lydia Sivirentsava to win all 18 girls’ doubles. Johnstone and Ellie Barker won all 14 doubles and then triumphed with Harry Voss to win all 14 mixed doubles.

Cambridgeshire Tennis Festival at Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club
Cambridgeshire Tennis Festival at Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club

Elsewhere, the host club’s Issie Havard won the Women’s Open, beating Neha Kibria 6-1, 6-2 in the final. In women’s doubles, the pair Teresa Catlin (Cambridge LTC) and Ali McGee (Foxton Tennis Club) won.

The week started with red and orange team inter-club events. A total of 10 teams participated in the red section and were divided into two tiers. The first tier was won by David Lloyd, consisting of Daisy Rogers, Finn Voss, Eric Selcuk and Lavanya Gupta, with Cambridge Academy second and CLTC third.

The second tier was won by the CLTC team of Joseph Kingsley, Qianyue Zhang, Axel Thomas and Andre Camacho, with City of Peterborough second and Fulbourn third.

Seven teams played in the orange event which was again split into two tiers. In tier one, the CLTC team of Ajax Millwood, Megann Coliof, Dhruv Rajpal and Zach Smith won the event with David Lloyd second and Chatteris and COPTC third.

Cambridgeshire Tennis Festival at Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club
Cambridgeshire Tennis Festival at Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club

In the tier two event, the CLTC team of Noam De Groot, Philip Ungureanu, Millie Radivojevic and Sophia Pritchard-Gordon won the event with David Lloyd second and Cambridge Academy third.


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