Melton Mowbray Tennis Club clinch winter league title double

Tennis opportunities are in store at Midhurst this Sunday
Tennis opportunities are in store at Midhurst this Sunday

Melton Mowbray Tennis Club had no sooner finished off a successful Winter Indoor League campaign than they were beginning their summer season with a bang.

In the final winter league fixtures, Melton’s first team ran out 3-1 winners over Stoney Stanton.

The men’s pairing of Luke Smith and Tom Ellis lost their 100 per cent record, going down in a tight set 6-5 before Claire Godber and Jess Gadsby levelled the match with another tight 7-6 win.

Melton than took both mixed doubles matches 10-3 and 10-2 to secure a 3-1 win and finish top of Division One.

The second team were up against Desford Firsts and ran out comfortable 4-0 winners.

Jack Ellis and Justin Horobin cruised through their men’s doubles match 9-0, and Jenny Golland and Nicola Kennedy-Maggs were in equally good form to win 8-1.

Melton also proved too strong in both doubles matches, winning by 9-4 and 9-2 respectively to clinch a league double for the new club with the Division Two title.

They started the new season well when their Men’s Aegon League side notched a 5-1 win at Loughborough Town B in Division 3B.

Playing against a much younger team, the steady maturity of the Melton squad saw them through and they ran out with a splendid 5-1 win.

Justin Horobin won 6-2, 6-1, while Jonathan Sturmey came through a tight match 10-2 in the tie-break after the first two sets were shared 7-5, 2-6.

Neil Johnson also won on a tie-break, 10-5, dropping the second set 7-5 after whitewashing the opener 6-0.

Jonathan Harte lost 6-7, 3-6, but teamed up with Sturmey in the doubles to win 6-1, 6-1, while Horobin and Johnson took their doubles match 6-4, 6-4.