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Powder Byrne Junior & Open Tennis Trophy

The Powder Byrne Junior and Open Tennis Trophy is a national event open to players of all standards and is a Grade 3 LTA approved postal tournament. 

The Junior and Open tournament (age 10 and over) operates in a postal format wherein players organise their own matches on a date that suits both players in the draw, with the player with home advantage having the choice of location. The tournament culminates in a finals weekend held at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre.


Powder Byrne Junior & Open Tennis Trophy 2013


 

This year the Powder Byrne Mini Tennis Trophy & Powder Byrne Junior & Open Tennis Trophy saw and overwhelming number of entries, with over 1,443 entrants – our highest number yet! The competition had tournaments for 14 age and doubles categories from an U8s Mini event right through to a senior veterans event!

The tournament kicked off back in June, and after six months of preliminary rounds, quarter and semi finals the tournament came to a close with the finals weekend at the spectacular Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre.

24 finalists from a total of 212 entrants made there way to the centre from all over the UK. With players warmed up and prepped the tournament kicked off at 10am with matches being played across the centre’s 4 indoor courts. The viewing box was soon awash with silence as many parents, supporters and coaches eyes were fixed to the courts. A particular highlight of the day was the exceptionally intense and gripping Open Men’s Singles Final between Ben Coomber vs Max Battista lasting a momentous 3hrs and 4mins long, ending with a point difference of 112 to 113 to Battista!

We’d like to thank all those who entered and congratulations to all that made the finals. Many thanks go to all the officials and a special thanks to our two tournament referees David Fuchs and Kris Dymond. Finally we’d also like to thank the parents and families who came down to show their support during the weekend but also commend the commitment they have made to taking their children to matches in the run up to the finals.

We look forward to another year of the Powder Byrne Tennis Trophy in 2014 and hope to see lots of returning players young and old. Don’t forget to follow @pb_tennis on Twitter to keep up to date on the action.


Mini Events 2013


 

This year the Powder Byrne Mini Tennis Trophy & Powder Byrne Junior & Open Tennis Trophy saw and overwhelming number of entries, with over 1,443 entrants – our highest number yet! The competition had tournaments for 14 age and doubles categories from an U8s Mini event right through to a senior veterans event!

The tournament kicked off back in June, and after six months of preliminary rounds, quarter and semi finals the tournament came to a close with the finals weekend at the spectacular Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of December. Saturday saw 16 8U finalists and 12 9U finalists in the orange and red categories travel from all over the country from as far as Scotland to the impressive Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre in Marlow to vie for the Powder Byrne Mini Tennis Trophy, having won their regional tournaments. This year saw a huge growth in the Minis U8 and U9 tournaments with a total of 1,221 entrants.

As the matches got underway it was soon clear the standard of the mini tennis this year was exceptionally high. Some highly impressive play and talent was witnessed from both age categories, however it was Jethro Dela Vega who was triumphant in the 8U (Orange) event against the runner up Sophya Devas. Not only was Sophya the only female finalist in the Orange category but also had proved her worth having dominated the court in her previous games playing some exceptional tennis.

In the afternoon the 9U tournament got underway, after the preliminary knock-out matches it was the main draw which saw Luca Pow vs Hugo Russell and Anthony Wright vs Alexander James. Luca who was knocked out in the quarter finals the previous year was back to prove himself managing to see off Hugo’s speed on the court with his remarkably powerful serves to see him safely through to the final. It was equally thrilling on court 3 as Alexander took the win from Anthony with his momentous speed and agility on the court. And so the 9U finals was set; Luca Pow Vs Alexander James. Calm and cool Luca took an early lead with his exceptionally powerful serves in which Alex tried to hard to fight back voicing loud his self-motivational ‘COME ONNNs! However, Luca continued to dominate with his exceptional ball placement on the court with Alex ever determined he soon fell under pressure with mistakes creeping in with a nerve-wracking volley to the net causing Luca to take the title after a thrilling performance from both players.

 

Powder Byrne Junior & Open Tennis Trophy 2012



The tournament drew to a close with a finals weekend at the spectacular Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre. Saturday saw 17 Minis in both the Red and Orange categories travel from all over the country to compete in the finals having won their regional tournaments. The standard of the Mini tennis was incredible with lots of future tennis stars playing, however it was Shay Ryan who was triumphant in the Mini Red finals and a grueling final between Ollie Tarvett and Will Nolan in the Mini Orange event saw Ollie take the victory.

Sunday was a fantastic day consisting of a particularly high standard of tennis in all our Junior and Open finals, and some great family tennis in the parent and child doubles events.A couple of highlights from the day include 15 year old Mollie Crouch showcasing some first class tennis and winning both the U18s girls event and also the Ladies Open. We're excited to see just what the future holds for Mollie in tennis, we've certainly got high hopes! Young Ryan Golesworthy came into the tournament with little experience and a national ranking of 190 for his age group. He battled through his final with a higher ranked player, making incredible court coverage to return every shot he could. After taking it to a third set tie-breaker an exhausted Ryan was victorious! We look forward to having Ryan enter the Powder Byrne tournament again next year!

We'd like to thank all those who entered and congratulations to all that made the finals. A big thank you to all the officials from the finals weekend and also the parents and families who came down to show their support. We look forward to another year of the Powder Byrne Junior and Open Trophy in 2013 and hope to see lots of returning players.

 

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