Wistaston Tennis Club Hosts Successful Finals Day

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

The annual Wistaston Jubilee Tennis Club (WJTC) Finals Day took place on Sunday 25th September 2022 on their two courts behind the Wistaston Memorial Hall & Community Centre on Church Lane in Wistaston.

Trophies ready for presentation (photograph: Jonathan White)

Bill Heath (WJTC Chairman) compered the event and presented the trophies to the winners:

Bill Heath (WJTC Chairman) addresses the audience (photograph: Jonathan White)

JUNIOR TOURNAMENT WINNERS:

  • Over 12s – Harry Storey beat Ethan Houlton 4-2.
  • Over 10s – Sam Hough beat Dexter Wild 4-1.

The Junior tournaments were renamed in memory of Alan Jones, who passed away in July last year. Alan 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.

ADULT TOURNAMENT WINNERS:

George Raiswell (left) receives the Men’s Singles trophy from Bill Heath (WJTC Chairman) (photograph: Jonathan White)
  • Men’s Singles Final: George Raiswell retained his title beating Ryan Harper-Griffiths 6-1, 6-3.
  • Men’s Doubles Final: George Raiswell and Andrew Good beat Ryan Harper-Griffiths and Chris Raiswell 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-2.
  • Open Doubles Final: Ryan Harper-Griffiths and Roy Broughton beat George Raiswell and Andrew Hough 6-4, 6-4.
Roy Broughton (left) and Ryan Harper-Griffiths (right) receive their Open Doubles trophies from Bill Heath (photograph: Jonathan White)
George Raiswell reaches for a low volley in the Open Doubles Final (photograph: Jonathan White)
Ryan Harper-Griffiths serves in the Men’s Doubles Final (photograph: Jonathan White)

On display were the two shields won this year by Wistaston A in the Slazenger South and Mid Cheshire Tennis League. Wistaston A were captained by George Raiswell and won Division 2 in the Spring League and won Men’s Division 2 in the Summer league. The team were presented with the shields at the League’s ‘John White Presentation Day’ at Hartford Tennis Club earlier in September. The League presentation day was renamed in memory of former League Secretary John White, who passed away in July 2020. 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 been presented with Honorary County Colours from the Cheshire Lawn Tennis Association for his long-standing services to the South and Mid Cheshire Tennis League.

Wistaston A with the two shields they won this year in the Slazenger South and Mid Cheshire Tennis League (photograph: Jonathan White)

The best male players from WJTC also combined with Crewe Congregational Tennis Club for the first time to form a ‘Wistaston Congregational’ team and competed in the LTA’s Cheshire National League (Summer 2022). Wistaston Congregational played their home matches on their hardcourts in both Wistaston and Crewe and went up against other teams across the county consisting of Bowdon, Hoole, Hoylake, Cheshire Oaks and Heswall. Each team contained four players who competed in a singles and doubles format. Wistaston Congregational were captained by Charlie Robinson and finished in fourth place out of the six teams winning 187 games and losing 215 games and will continue in the Cheshire National League next season.

For further information relating to WJTC please visit their Facebook page or phone: 01270 560471.