Article and Photographs: Jonathan White
A new annual tennis tournament – ‘The Wistaston Cup’ – has taken place at Wistaston Jubilee Tennis Club (WJTC) over several weeks on the two courts behind the Wistaston Memorial Hall & Community Centre on Church Lane in Wistaston.
The Wistaston Cup is a round-robin format, taking place from September 2021 to January 2022, involving two teams of eight players, with four matches over four rounds. Points are awarded for each set/match won.
Incredibly, in its inaugural year, The Wistaston Cup, after several months and sixteen matches was a draw, as ‘Team Alan Jones’ and ‘Team John White’ both equally reached the winning line of 48 points!
The Wistaston Cup was purchased by Jonathan White, youngest son of John White, who presented it jointly to both teams in a ceremony on the evening of Wednesday 9th February 2022. The presentation ceremony was preceded by a club night attended by several members.
The Wistaston Cup was kindly setup by George Raiswell, aged 21 from Wistaston, who is a WJTC committee member and Wistaston A team captain in the Slazenger South and Mid Cheshire Tennis League.
George organised The Wistaston Cup in memory of two former WJTC members – Alan Jones and John White – with the two teams named ‘Team Alan Jones’ and ‘Team John White’.
Alan Jones, passed away in July 2021, aged 88. He was a dedicated tennis coach from Wistaston who helped WJTC youngsters and club regulars develop their skills. He served as a county coach in Cheshire for many years, featured on the veterans circuit, including playing at Wimbledon, and he was still turning out on court well into his eighties. The annual WJTC Junior tournaments have been renamed in memory of him.
John White, passed away in July 2020, aged 80, from cancer. He was a former WJTC Chairman, who in 1999 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from WJTC and in 2010 received Honorary Life Membership from WJTC in appreciation of his Outstanding Service to the Club from its foundation on 16th June 1979. In 1980 Wistonians Frank Tew and John White purchased a trophy – known as the ‘Tew-White Cup’ – which, to this day, is presented to the WJTC Men’s Singles winner. Prior to and during his retirement from the education sector, John White was also Secretary of the South & Mid Cheshire Tennis League for over thirty years. In 2011 John received the Honorary County Colours from the Cheshire Lawn Tennis Association for his long-standing services to the South and Mid Cheshire Tennis League. In 2021 the annual Slazenger South and Mid Cheshire Tennis League Presentation Day was renamed the ‘John White Presentation Day’ in his honour.
George Raiswell, The Wistaston Cup organiser, said: “I grew up being taught by both Alan Jones and John White! They got me into the game of tennis from the age of 7. I’m glad we have something setup to remember them both.”
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