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Tennis League Presentation Day Renamed in Memory of Long-serving Secretary

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

The annual Slazenger South and Mid Cheshire Tennis League Presentation Day, plus three tournaments, took place on the six courts at Nantwich Tennis Club on Sunday 5th September 2021.

This year the event was renamed the ‘John White Presentation Day’ in memory of the former League Secretary, who passed away last July, aged 80, from cancer. Prior to and during his retirement from the education sector, John White was Secretary of the South & Mid Cheshire Tennis League for over thirty years. He had received the Honorary County Colours from the Cheshire Lawn Tennis Association for his long-standing services to the South and Mid Cheshire Tennis League.

John White when he previously presented an Award at the Slazenger South and Mid Cheshire Tennis League Presentation Day in Nantwich (photograph: Jonathan White)

Players encouraged to wear a white item of clothing in memory of John White. The League invited the White family to attend the event and they were represented by youngest son, Jonathan.

John White when he previously compered a Slazenger South and Mid Cheshire Tennis League Presentation Day in Nantwich (photograph: Jonathan White)

The tournaments were two mixed and one men’s open doubles and involved twenty-eight players from a variety of local clubs.

Play during the John White Presentation Day tournaments (photograph: Jonathan White)

Refreshments were followed by presentation of trophies from the league competitions (see winners list below).

The full list of 2020-21 winners is:

Summer Leagues 2021: Ladies Division 1 – Nantwich A, Ladies Division 2 – Congleton B, Ladies Division 3 – Congleton C, Men’s Division 1 – Congleton A, Men’s Division 2 – Congleton B, Men’s Division 3 – Cuddington C, Men’s Division 4 – Congleton E, Men’s Division 5 – Nantwich D, Mixed Division 1 – Hartford A, Mixed Division 2 – Congleton C. There were no knockout competitions during the Summer as a precaution due the pandemic.

The Stonelake Shield Sporting Award was awarded to Duncan Appelbe from Hartford Tennis Club for his hard work organising the Summer Leagues and their fixtures.

Winter Leagues 2020 started but were not completed due to the pandemic. However, the Winter 2021 season will take place unless there are government Covid restrictions.

Spring Leagues were scrubbed due to the pandemic lockdown.

For further information relating to the Slazenger South and Mid Cheshire Tennis League, please visit: https://smctennis.co.uk/