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Wistaston Tennis Finals Day Remembers Club Stalwarts

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

The annual Wistaston Jubilee Tennis Club (WJTC) Finals Day took place on the afternoon of Sunday 12th September 2021 on the 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) presented the trophies to the winners:

-Men’s Singles Final: George Raiswell retained his title beating Ryan Harper-Griffiths 6-3, 7-5.

l-r John White’s youngest son Jonathan with Men’s Singles winner George Raiswell and the Tew-White Cup (photograph: Jonathan White)

-Men’s Doubles Final: George Raiswell and Roy Broughton beat Andrew Good and Rob Hickey 6-1, 6-0.

Open Doubles, winners George Raiswell and Andrew Good receive their trophies from WJTC Chairman Bill Heath (photograph: Jonathan White)

-Open Doubles Final: George Raiswell and Andrew Good beat Oliver Cox and Ryan Harper-Griffiths 6-3, 6-2.

George Raiswell, who is also Wistaston A team captain in the Slazenger South and Mid Cheshire Tennis League, dominated the finals day with a hard-fought triple victory.

Open Doubles Final, Ryan Harper-Griffiths serves to Andrew Good (photograph: Jonathan White)

Refreshments were organised by Helen Heath.

The Junior tournaments took place at WJTC on Friday 10th September. The tournaments were organised by George Raiswell and umpired by Ryan Harper-Griffiths and Rob Sheffield. Junior tournament winner: James Hough, Junior Beginners tournament winner: Sam Hough, and Most Improved Junior winner: Tom York. The Junior tournaments have been renamed in memory of Alan Jones, a dedicated tennis coach from Wistaston who helped WJTC youngsters and club regulars develop their skills. Alan passed away in July this year, aged 88. 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.

John White, Mayor of Crewe & Nantwich Cllr Cyril Peake officially opens WJTC on Saturday 16th June 1979, Frank Tew and John White in the background (photo provided from the WJTC archives)

Also remembered was former WJTC Chairman, John White, who passed away last July, aged 80, from cancer. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from WJTC in 1999 and in 2010 he received Honorary Life Membership from WJTC in appreciation of his Outstanding Service to the Club since 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 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. This year the annual Slazenger South and Mid Cheshire Tennis League Presentation Day, which took place at Nantwich Tennis Club a week before WJTC Finals Day, was renamed the ‘John White Presentation Day’ in his honour.

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