Some of the winners and runners-up from this year’s IW Tennis Championships. Picture by Peter Boam.
AFTER the singles’ drama of the previous week, it was the turn of the doubles’ pairing to take centre stage at the Westridge IW Tennis Championships at Ryde Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club — and they did not disappoint.
Once again Lee Matthews was celebrating. Some 15 years after last competing, he backed up his over-45s singles’ victory the weekend before with the runners-up spot in the men’s doubles, with Nick Searles.
The final, where they lost over three sets to Ryde Lawn pair Stuart Peak and James Scully-Syer, was the game of the tournament, with spectators treated to some outstanding tennis. In the end, Stuart and James won 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, but Lee was not too disappointed.
"It’s been a fantastic tournament. The last time I competed in the singles was 1997, and back then I said I’d never play seriously again but here I am," he said.
Kirsty Roberts retained her doubles title, this year partnering Jitka Davey. The Ryde Mead pair played brilliantly throughout the tournament and managed to overcome Christine Harrison and Marian Pakenham-Walsh 6-2, 6-4 in the final.
Having just lost the open doubles, Harrison and Pakenham-Walsh returned on court and played near faultless tennis to win the Over-60s ladies’ doubles, while Keith and David Johnston (no relation) secured the men’s over-60s trophy with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Robert Greenham and Richard Ramsden, who flew in from his home in Portugal to compete. For David it was the first time he had taken part and he said the experience had been wonderful.
Mark Winkles, director of sponsors Westridge Garage, said: "This has been the best tournament ever in my opinion. The entry was really big and the standard was very good indeed. It’s been a very enjoyable couple of weekends and it’s a pleasure to sponsor it."
Mr Winkles and Pam Sims, RLTCC chairman, presented the trophies.