Coach impressed by talent on show at junior tennis tournament

WINNERS -- George Fitzpatrick,who landed the mini red eight-and-under competition from runner-up Finn Bothamley and third-placed  Josh Chaplin.

WINNERS -- George Fitzpatrick,who landed the mini red eight-and-under competition from runner-up Finn Bothamley and third-placed Josh Chaplin.

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The high standard of play was praised by coach Andrew Storer after a successful junior tournament was staged by Buxton Tennis Club on Sunday.

More than 40 promising and talented junior players from both the Buxton and New Mills clubs took part in the tournament, which was sponsored by Midlands cement giant, Lafarge Tarmac, annd attracted a good turnout of spectators.

And Storer was full of praise for the quality shown on the all-weather courts at the Buxton club’s Park Road headquarters. “I was delighted and very impressed,” he said.

The tourney was split into four categories, which produced first, second and third places from competitions for players aged eight and under on the mini red court, for players aged 11 and under on the red court, for players aged 12 and under on the orange court and for players aged 16 and under on the full court.

Winner on the mini red court was George Fitzpatrick, with Finn Bothamley second and Josh Chaplin in third spot. Winner on the red court was Digger Evans, who finished ahead of runner-up Jim Hull and third-placed John Millar.

Orange court champion was Caleb Wales, with James Galloway-Booth in second spot and Digger Evans filling third position. And the winner on the full court was Rhodri Frost, with Frank Griffiths second and Jacob Noakes third.

All the top players on the day lined up for a photo call afterwards.