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Thrilling finals day at Inverness Tennis Club

By Andrew Henderson

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Inverness Tennis Club’s annual championships came to a thrilling conclusion last weekend after 10 days of action featuring more than 51 players.

Two players relatively new to the club made their first appearances in the men’s singles final as Adrian Duthie and Scott Henderson faced off.

They were both former winners of the new men’s trophy but Duthie was the stronger of the two on the day, winning convincingly 6–1, 6–0 in straight sets.

The women’s singles final was the opposite as two established club favourites played each other in Jana Brady and Jane Bradley, with Brady winning 6–3, 6–2.

Bradley did claim a title in the women’s doubles though, teaming up with Jill Johnston to see off Vivienne Hutchings and Shona Ramsay without dropping a game.

Duthie and Henderson teamed up for the men’s doubles, but fell at the final hurdle as they went down 6–4, 6–4 to Peter Curtis and Ed Foster.

Bradley reached another final in the mixed doubles.

Her pair with Roman Bilko came up short against Johnston and Brian Mackenzie, 6–0, 6–4.

Carol Lobban needed a tie break to beat Jane Chisholm in the women’s over-50 event in straight sets, while a super tie break was required in the men’s as Mackenzie overcame Brian Dent.

The men’s over-60s final also had a super tie break as Neil Murdoch edged out Sean Browner, while Sheena Forbes defeated Fiona Boyd in the women’s draw.

The club’s 100+ tournament saw Kathryn Arnould and Danny Gillson lift the trophy.

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