The 2013 Stony Stratford Tennis Club Junior Open Tournament

Monday the 19th August saw the start of this year's, week-long 2012 Stony Stratford Lawn Tennis Club Junior Open Tournament. An LTA Grade 4 event, now in its third year. The event organised and run by Tennis Works on behalf of the club, saw juniors from as far afield as Somerset, Middlesex and Warwickshire, as well as from all over Bucks and the surrounding counties compete again each other in a number of competitions to earn not only the honour of winning their particular age related competition but also LTA ranking and grading points.

The week saw the courts closed to members during the hours of the event as full use was made of the facilities to support such a prestigious tournament. Members of the Tennis Works team led by Melvyn Jones (Business Director) ensured the event ran smoothly with assistance from club committee members, Rob Stean, the official LTA referee was on hand throughout to keep us all in order.

The weather was kind, with only the occasional shower, on 'finals day'! The effort of all the players was fantastic and the the tennis was of a high level throughout and everyone had a great time.

Monday 19th August saw the 8&U mixed Mini Tennis Red and the 10&U mixed Mini Tennis Green events take place.

The Mini Tennis Red saw some great thoughtful tactical tennis being played as some players made full use of the court, great to see at this this level. The event was won by our very own Johnny Brown, with Charlie Searle runner up. Ashton Gallimore, anotherone of our own, came third.

The 2013 Junior Open U8 Mini Red participants

Matthew Irish won the 2013 SSLTC Junior Tournament U10 Green EventThe Mini Tennis Green event was played out in full and the final advanced from the Saturday, at the request of the two finalistsm who by completing the rournament early were able to compete in an additional one elsewhere at the end of the week. The preliminary round robin event saw the two finalists dominate their groups and the event was won by Matthew Irish who defeated James Naseby.

Rob Stean made the presentations along with Gail Fulcher from Stony Stratford Tennis Club.

Tuesday 20th August saw the 9&U mixed Mini Tennis Orange and the preliminary stages of the 12&U Boys competition.

Shola Ajibade wins the 2013 SSLTC Junior Open U9 Orange eventThe Mini Tennis Orange was every bit as entertaining as the Red had been on Monday. Again the round robin groups were dominated by two players, Shola Ajibade and Calum Fairey. The final saw Shola come out on top, winning 7-4 7-5.

Rob Stean led the presentation ceremony, and the awards were made by a very special guest, Judy Angus, President of the club and former Head Coach.

The 12&U Boys event saw Max Graham and  Marcus Persaud progress rather easily to the final, with Alex Papp and Peter Langley progressing to the 3rd and 4th place play-off match, both of these were held on Saturday's Final Day.

Wednesday 21st August saw the preliminary stages of teh 14&U Boys competition.

This 14&U Boys event saw Edward Shattock and Krishna Amin progress to the final.

Friday 24th August saw the early rounds of the 16&U Boys event, a new event on last year, which signified the growth in the tournament. Oliver Thomas and James Riley progressed to the final. Local boys Ralf Gawkowski and Sean Brown acquitted themselves well, with Sean posting a fantastic result by knocking out the No 1 seed Jack Sparks in the first round 6-4 6-7(5) 8-10.

Saturday 25th August - Finals Day: A dull day dawned and the matches started in light rain, but the weather soon cleared to enable some wonderful tennis to be played. The day saw some great contests and the finals were worthy of the event.

The 2013 SSLTC Junior Open Roll of Honour


12&U Boys: Max Graham defeated Marcus Persaud 6-1 6-0

14&U Boys: Edward Shattock defeated Krisna Amin 6-0 6-1

16&U Boys: Oliver Thomas defeated James Riley 6-0 6-3. Oliver won the U14 event in 2012.

Finals Day Presentations: Brian Berrill and Gail Fulcher of the club, presided over proceedings. Brian opened up proceedings by giving a speech which reflected the spirit  of the entire week.

Gail assisted by Rob Stean (Tournament Referee) presented the trophies.

Melvyn Jones, Business Director of Tennis Works would like to thank everybody who contributed to such a successful week. Rob Stean, Brian Berrill and Gail Fulcher for supporting the event on the ground. The many members of the Tennis Works Team who ensured the schedules went smoothly, particularly in the Mini events. Finally the club committee and its members for putting the tournament on.


You can see the full video of the final's day presentation here:

 The Yellow Ball finalists of teh 2013 SSLTC Junior Open Tournament

You can view the full LTA event statistics here.