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Callingham serves up six in a row in Bognor Lawn Tennis Club finals day

Tennis fans of all ages gathered at Bognor Lawn Tennis Club for a day of thrilling racquet sports.


After weeks of exciting matches, the best of each category faced each other for the club’s annual finals day.


To start the day off were the anticipated singles matches. In the Men’s Singles, father and son Robert and Oli Callingham faced each other for the first time in finals history. Youth gave Oli an advantage in the first set as he won 6-0. The match became more even in the second. However, Oli still had the edge and won 6-4. As the reigning Men’s Singles champion, this is the sixth year Oli has taken the trophy home.


Louise West and Stella Smith were paired against each other in the Ladies Singles. In a closely fought match filled with long rallies, Stella walked away with the title, winning 6-3, 6-2.


In the late afternoon, the doubles matches were almost cancelled due to the weather. Luckily, the rain subsided and the Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles went ahead as planned.


Oli Callingham returned with partner Cyril Penn to oppose Keith Savage and Neil O’Boyle. There were many tough games that could have gone either way before the final result saw Oli and Cyril triumph with a 6-2, 6-2 win.


Ladies Singles victor Stella Smith also made an appearance alongside partner Dave Rowley in the Mixed Doubles. The second set proved extremely close, and rivals Rick and Louise West eventually claimed the win at 6-3, 6-4.


The next evening tennis fans were treated to the Draw for the Partners final. In what was described as a see-saw first set, Jonathan Towse and Linda Lott won the first three games and Steve Pollard and Barbara France took the next six to give them the set. The latter pair then also won the second set 6-4, giving them an overall win.


Unfortunately, the Ladies Doubles and Veterans Doubles finals were cancelled due to a family emergency. However, the winners by default were Patti Francis-Kerr and Stella Smith, and Neil O’Boyle and Carol Jones.


At Bognor Lawn Tennis Club, they aim to make tennis accessible to all standards and ages. They offer multiple weekly club sessions, tournaments and coaching.


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