Woking Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club has hosted its 90th annual Woking Open tennis tournament, sponsored by Vines of Guildford BMW.
A tournament that saw 382 player entries from under 8’s to Men’s and Ladies Singles and Doubles culminated in an exciting day of Finals matches on Saturday. The weather certainly wasn’t the kindest, but fortunately, due to the Club's recent investment in artificial clay courts, rain didn't stop play, with some exciting doubles matches played out amid the downpour in the afternoon.
To commemorate the 90th year of this popular tournament, trophies and prizes were handed out by special guests Mr Alan Mills, CBE, championship referee at Wimbledon (1982-2005) and formerly a Woking Open referee and Mr Ian Hughes of Vines BMW.
The Men's Singles was once again won by no.1 seed Lamar Bartley (Surrey) for an unprecedented third successive time after a match in which he dominated over youngster and no.2 seed Kai Maxted (Sussex junior), concluding 7-5, 6-3. Kai put up a valiant fight with some fast and aggressive rallies to delight the onlookers and certainly showed he is a player to look for in years to come.
The Ladies Singles was won by Surrey local Carla Nokes who was chasing her first Woking title. Carla took the first set against Veronika Hughes (Middlesex), only for Veronkia to win the second on a tie-break. Carla finally prevailed in an intense third set tie-break, finishing 6-4, 6-7, 10-6.
The day culminated with some great doubles play which featured many Woking and home-grown players. Notably Jamie Donaghy and Alex Miotto beat Marcus Lindstrup and Amar Hromic to win the Men's Doubles and Woking coaches Anna Opalach and Ben Baker were finalists in the Mixed event.
In the Junior events there was two notable home player victories with Samuel Mhizha winning the 8U Mixed event with an array of Aces, as well as Toby Clarke (Woking LTCC / St George's Hill LTC) winning the 10U title after some fantastically calm play when under pressure in tight matches. In other events Lui Maxted (Kai's younger brother) also made it a junior treble by winning the 16U Boys Singles after winning the 14U's in 16' and 12U's in 15'. The 'Longjohn' family were also made regular appearances on the podium with Anthony winning 9U Boys and coming runner-up in the 10U Boys, as well as older sister Jessica winning the 12U Girls.
Well done to all of the players for keeping up the great tennis levels, as well as Tournament Organisers, Referee, Court Supervisors, Groundsman, Bar Staff and Parents for helping making it such a great event.
A full list of results is available - CLICK HERE.
There is also a tournament photo Gallery can also be FOUND HERE