Matthews Crowned Men’s Singles Champion

  • 19th July 2015

Oliver Matthews became the third youngest men’s singles champion in the history of the Beckenham LTC Championships (since 1895) on Saturday, 18 July.

Aged 14 years, 11 months, Matthews followed in the footsteps of two previous 14-year-old titlists, 1996 winner Daniel Holmes and 2010-13 victor James Oni.

Catherine Darby lifted the ladies singles trophy for a record ninth time. She first won the tournament in 2001.

The wonderful afternoon tea of cakes and sandwiches, served in the Summer Pavilion, raised £146.

The following players were crowned 2015 Club Champions:

Men’s Singles: Oliver Matthews (third youngest champion in tournament history)
Ladies Singles: Catherine Darby (nine-time titlist)
Men’s Doubles: Oliver Matthews / Robin Vercaemer
Ladies Doubles: Catherine Darby / Jacqueline Darby (six-time titlists)
Mixed Doubles: Jacqueline Darby / Tom Cowan (two-time titlists)

Thank you to all those who came along to support the Beckenham LTC Championships – adults, juniors and parents!

James Buddell would like to thank the following members, who made a significant contribution to the success of the day:

Tennis on the Green: Gill Box-Grainger, Alexia Capsomidis, Adam Constable, Gary Eldridge, Carole Fowler, Jane, Alex and Matthew Gorvett, Lizzie Grumbach.
Adult Championships: Sue Buddell, Peter Clegg
Junior Championships: Matt Brolly, Tony Martin
Afternoon Tea: Angela Hughes, Sue and John Norman, Gladys Paine, Pat Sheldrick
Barbeque Social: Gill Box-Grainger, Gary Eldridge, Carole Fowler, Lizzie Grumbach

The next tournament is the Grass-Court Championships – men’s doubles, ladies doubles and mixed doubles. The entry deadline is 30 July.