Neale Emslie email@example.com
DESPITE gusting winds and a squall of rain which delayed play, Keith Davids and Benny Donley emerged deserved victors of the Wembley Men’s Doubles tennis tournament at the PE Club at the weekend.
After the round-robin sections were concluded, Donley and Davids came up against Ian Pattinson and Francois Conradie in the Section A final and claimed the title in a closely contested encounter played over one set, the final score being 6-4.
The entertaining final provided a fitting climax to the Wembley event, which drew a total of 70 players, divided into five sections.
Organised by the Wembley Tennis Boys Tuesday Club, the tournament was played for the second year and is now firmly established on the Eastern Province tennis calendar.
Tournament organiser Gavin Cullen said they were keen to retain the first week in June as the regular date for the event and he was confident the tournament would become even bigger.
“I believe the tournament was a huge success and the format and quality of prizes is set to make this a prestigious event on the EP calendar,” Cullen said.
The tournament winners were presented with trophies and their names will go up on the Wembley champions board. A feature of the tournament is that every player received a prize, while vouchers were also given to players on entering.
In a bid to raise funds to improve the Wembley club facilities, an auction was held which raised about R10000 for the club.
The tournament results were:
Section 1 winners: Keith Davids and Benny Donley; runners-up: Francois Conradie and Ian Pattinson
Section 2A: Nigel Wakeford and Franco Nel; section 2B: Donovan Hammond and Shawn Wilkinson; section 2C: Ross Bowman and Wayne Henen; section 2D: Cyril Uithaler and Riyadh Poovan