Tennis teams' challenge is to maintain high standard of play

November 09 2013

After a summer of rest, Fry Tennis Club kicked off their Avon LTA Winter League season in September.

After a summer of rest, Fry Tennis Club kicked off their Avon LTA Winter League season in September.  They have two teams entered and, as usual, fixtures consist of one Men’s Doubles match, one Ladies’ Doubles match and two Mixed Doubles matches.

In Division 2A, Fry I played their only fixture at home to Cotham Park I on September 27.  With key players missing through injury and up against a talented Cotham Park team, it was likely to be a very hard start to the season for Fry’s.  The ladies got off to a fantastic start with Ann Mora and Sally Difazio combining well in a 6-1 6-3 win.   In a very long Men’s Doubles match, played in torrential rain, Ian Taylor and Mark Long were unfortunate to lose 6-7 6-1 7-6.  In the first Mixed Doubles match, Ian Taylor and Ann Mora were both in sensational form as they comfortably outclassed their opponents in a 6-1 6-2 win. 

In the second Mixed Doubles match Mark Long and Sally Difazio put on a determined performance but couldn’t quite cope with a powerful display from the Cotham Park pair as they lost 6-2 6-4.  With the fixture level at two wins a piece, the match was decided on the number of sets and games won, which happily for Fry’s meant they secured the bonus point and an overall 6 points to 4 win.

In Division 4B, Fry II opened their campaign on September  13 with a match at home to Saltford.  With Saltford unfortunately unable to field a full team, only the Ladies’ Doubles and one Mixed Doubles match were played.  In the Ladies’ Doubles, both Sally Difazio and Lesley Horlock brought their A games and eased to a 6-0 6-0 win.  The Mixed Doubles was a more competitive affair and Julian Hellyer and Sally Difazio did well to earn a hard fought 6-3 7-5 win.  With the other two matches not played, Fry’s recorded a 10 points to 0 win.

Both Fry’s teams can be pleased with their start to the season and hopes will now be high that they can keep this standard of play going for the rest of the year.  If you would like more information about Fry Tennis Club, contact Ann Smith on 0117 986 2845 or by email at