Fry's Tennis Club proud of players' efforts during tough summer season
Fry’s Men’s and Ladies’ teams played out the remaining matches of the Avon summer league in July.
Fry’s Men’s and Ladies’ teams played out the remaining matches of the Avon summer league in July. After a poor run of results in June, both teams needed to get some points on the board to avoid relegation.
The men started their month with an away trip to Bath II. On paper it looked a winnable match but these illusions were quickly shattered when Bath put out a very strong team that had no trouble in romping to a 10 points to 0 win over Fry’s. The only positive for the men was that the match was over so quickly they were able to get back to the clubhouse in time to see the end of Andy Murray’s Wimbledon semi-final!
With this defeat Fry’s knew a win was needed against top-of-the-table Portishead in their penultimate game of the season. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of all involved, Fry’s were over-matched and suffered yet another 10 point to 0 defeat confirming their relegation to Division 5. However, there was still one match of the season to go and Fry’s were determined to go out with a win. In baking heat and against top-quality opposition, Fry’s finally produced the level of tennis they’d been striving for all season and recorded 6 points to 4 win.
Fry’s Ladies started the month with a tough fixture at home to a Bath side that had been in terrific form all season. It was a tense match, filled with high-quality tennis, but Fry’s held their nerve to win three and out of the four matches in three sets and record an important 8 points to 2 win. The next match was a “must win” game away to bottom-of-the-table Bristol II. Fortunately, all ladies brought their best tennis and they strolled to a 10 points to 0 win. Fry’s final match of the season against second place Bishop Sutton was always going to be a difficult match but they fought hard and were unlucky to lose the match 8 points to 2. Thanks to impressive wins against Bath and Bristol, the final table confirmed Fry’s had avoided relegation by eight points and will play in Division 2 again next year.
It’s been a mixed season but all players can be proud of their terrific effort. To find about more about Fry Tennis Club, go to www.frytennisclub.org.uk.