Promotion hopes take a hit for Fry's Tennis teams

Published on: 06 Jan 2014

A poor run of results for both Fry’s tennis teams in December has seen their chances of promotion take a hit. 

Fry I played their only fixture of December away to Central I.  It was a top-of-the-table clash with both teams going in unbeaten.  Ann Mora and Debby Williamson got Fry’s off to the perfect start in the Ladies’ Doubles with a 6-1 6-3 win, inflicting a first defeat of the season on the Central pair.  Mark Long and Julian Hellyer couldn’t match the ladies and were comfortably beaten 6-0 6-3 in the Men’s Doubles.  Hopes were high going into the Mixed Doubles.  Ann and Julian put in a strong performance in the first mixed match but couldn’t quite get the win as they were beaten 3-6 6-3 6-1 in an entertaining match.  In the second mixed match, up against an inspired pair and a series of unfortunate net cords, Mark and Debby were well beaten by a disappointing 6-1 6-1.  That meant an overall 8 points to 2 defeat. 

At the season’s mid-point Fry’s are in a commendable second place in the table but are now 14 points behind table toppers Central I which will make a challenge for promotion in the New Year very tough.

Fry II started December with a trip to Writhlington I.  With several key players missing and up against a very good side, it was always going to be an exceptionally tough match for Fry’s. 

Dave Howell, Tony Dicker, Sally Difazio and Lesley Horlock all acquitted themselves well but Fry’s were beaten in all matches.  The closest Fry’s came to a win was in the first Mixed Doubles match where Dave and Sally put in a spirited performance but were just edged out 7-6 2-6 7-5.  This meant a tough overall 10 points to 0 defeat for Fry’s. 

Fry’s were keen to bounce back strongly in their next match at home to SBL. Tony Dicker and Kerry Grace were both in great form in the Men’s Doubles.  In a match consisting of big serving and strong volleying, they swept away their opponents 6-3 6-1.  In the Ladies’ Doubles, Fry’s were even more ruthless with Debby Williamson and Sally Difazio outclassing the SBL ladies in 6-0 6-0 win.  More of the same came in the Mixed Doubles as Tony and Debby won 6-1 6-1 and Sally and Kerry won 6-1 6-0.  A 10 points to 0 win and a great way for Fry’s to end the year.

For more about Fry Tennis Club, contact Ann Smith on 0117 986 2845 or email medway smith@yahoo.co.uk.

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