Sheffield seniors fly the flag in Mallorca

Wilf Jessop of Hallamshire Club competed for GB in the 75 age group World Team Tennis championships winning five of his six rubbers against Netherlands, Australia, France, Ireland and Italy, only losing in three sets on clay and in extreme heat to the Italian number 1, somebody much used to that surface; I know from experience how good that is. The team came 7th of 21 entries

Margaret French, a local player for many years until recently and still President of Bradfield club, won the 1000 grade ITF Masters Tour Tournament 80 age group doubles with her German partner, beating two players with world rankings of 1 and 2 in the final, the ultimate win surely? Two weeks later she entered the ‘Individual’ 80 age World Championships with Dorothy Bamber of Lancs and gained the doubles bronze medal. As a result of all this she gained a world ranking of 3 in 80 age doubles, a tremendous achievement.

On his return Wilf captained the Hallamshire men’s 75 age team in the final of the British club championships v Streetly, Birmingham, a continuation of many close battles twixt the two clubs at different age groups over the years. This time Hallamshire won without losing a rubber and should be invited to represent GB in the world club championships in 2024. John Howarth, Greg Pearson and John Andrews made up the squad.

Much publicity lately about racquet sports being one of the best ways of enjoyably keeping fit so give a moment’s pause before giving up tennis entirely for golf (a good walk with rests?) Apparently this year there were 17 men playing in the World ‘Individual’ 90 age group including one of 100!

– John Andrews