Sheffield’s Senior Sucesses

In the recent World Team Championships in Croatia the British 70+ team included Wilf Jessop of the Hallam Grange and Hallamshire clubs, members of the Sheffield & District LTA. Playing on unfamiliar clay he won all his matches, two singles and four doubles, a remarkable achievement at this standard especially when other teams employ some professionals. The team played Norway, Germany, Argentina and Denmark, the eventual winners, and achieved a very creditable 11th place out of nineteen.

Having then entered the Super Seniors World Championships he reached the last sixteen in the 70+ Singles and, playing with an unfamiliar partner, the Final of the mixed doubles! So, a silver medal at world level – see photo. His age group world ranking is now 48 at singles, 31 doubles, 9 mixed doubles.

The Yorkshire Ladies 60+ team captained by Janice Ashman beat all five opponents to win their Div. 2, the other regular players, Sue Graney, Christine Dalton, Kath Green and Susan Brass being all members of the Hallamshire Club. Their delight at this achievement might be somewhat tempered by the thought of there being a singles element in Div. 1 next year, but we’re sure they’ll be up to it.

Captained by Wilf Jessop the 2019 Yorkshire Men’s 70+ team consisting entirely of all Sheffield & District players, himself, Dave Allerton, Greg Pearson and John Andrews, gained second place in Div 1a to Hampshire and the IOW on games percentage; we’d beaten them in the match at Hallamshire. Don’t assume that there is little competition at this advanced age, thirty four counties having entered!

John Andrews