Fry's tennis teams turn up heat as winter season progresses

Published on: 07 Dec 2013

Both Fry’s Tennis club teams have continued their good form in the Avon LTA winter league season. 

In division 2A, Fry I started the month with a tough trip to perennial rivals Knowle.  In the ladies’ doubles Ann Mora and Debby Williamson got us off to the perfect start with a strong performance in a 6-2 6-3 win.  In the men’s doubles Ian Taylor and Mark Long struggled against a strong Knowle pair and were beaten 6-3 6-4.  In the first mixed doubles match Ian Taylor and Ann Mora won an up-and-down match 7-5 1-6 6-1 win.  Then in the final match Mark Long and Debby Williamson, playing together in the league for the first time, combined well to record a convincing 6-4 7-5 win.  With three matches out of four won, plus the bonus point, Fry’s ran out winners 8 points to 2, a fantastic result.

Next up for Fry I was an even tougher trip to the previously undefeated Cleeve Hill.  Ann Mora and Debby Williamson were at their formidable best as they romped to a 6-0 6-1 win in the ladies.  The men found things more challenging, up against a talented pair, one whom had a serve Pete Sampras would have been proud of.  Ian Taylor and Mark Long battled hard but were never in the match as they were beaten 6-2 6-3.  Two very close, high quality mixed doubles matches then ensued.  Ian Taylor and Ann Mora played some top level tennis as they recorded a 6-2 4-6 6-4 win before Mark Long and Debby Williamson won a tense match 6-4 3-6 7-6 securing another 8 points to 2 win.

In division 4B Fry II had a mixed month although things started well with an away trip to Hanham.  Julian Hellyer and Kerry Grace started things off with a 6-0 7-6 win in the men’s doubles, Kerry playing particularly well in his first winter league match for the club.  In the ladies doubles Sally Diffazio and Jo Tayler were in good form as they eased to a 6-1 6-1 win.  Fry’s were equally untroubled in the mixed doubles, Sally and Kerry winning 6-1 6-1 with Julian and Jo winning 6-4 6-2.  A very good 10 points to zero win.

Next up was a challenging match at home to a very strong Bath III.  As usual our ladies got us off to a good start with Jo Taylor and Kerry Board winning 6-1 6-1.  From then on though it was all downhill as Julian Hellyer and Tony Dicker lost the men’s to very strong pair 6-0 6-0.  We competed well in the mixed but couldn’t quite get a win as Jo and Julian lost 7-5 6-4, and Tony and Kerry lost 5-7 6-1 6-1.  An 8 points to 2 defeat but a commendable performance against a very good side. 

Overall both Fry’s teams are in good positions and will be looking to push on next month.

If you would like more information about Fry Tennis Club, contact Ann Smith on 0117 986 2845 or by email at medwaysmith@yahoo.co.uk.

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