With Tennis as one of the main sports allowed to open up after lockdown the LTA asked a number of clubs and key Referees to hold some Match Plays before ranking and rating tournaments were allowed to commence fully from 19th April 2021.
Southdown Sports Club held 3 events on 3rd , 6th, and 10th April 2021. Age groups that participated were 10& under , 11& under , 12& under , 14& under and 16& Under for both Boys and Girls.
The 3 Match plays were attended by 75 juniors from Sussex, Essex, Dorset, Kent, Surrey, Middlesex, Herts and Hampshire & IOW. Some National standard juniors attended including Alexander Winder from Essex and Verity Webber from Dorsett. Sussex juniors performed strongly with Rhys Roberts winning the Boys 11 & under on Saturday 3rd April 2021, and Harrison Clowe winning the Boys 12 & under on 6th April 2021.
Matches were played on the astro and macadam courts in cold but mainly dry conditions.
It was fabulous to see juniors back enjoying their sport at Southdown and there was a real buzz around the courts. We are all looking forward to a long summer of tennis.