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Wheelchair Tennis Open Day at Pershore

Our Open Day is open to anyone with a physical impairment who wants to learn new skills, get active and have fun!

Tennis is a great way to improve physical and mental health and well being and can be adapted to suit everyone. Courts, rackets and balls can be adapted for all abilities.

We are looking to offer a weekly wheelchair session after this Open Day.

Pershore wheelchair tennisFor those who want or need to use a sports wheelchair we can provide this equipment to use during session. If you have any questions or would like more information please don’t hesitate to give us a call.'

Location: Pershore Indoor Tennis Centre WR10 3JP
Date: Friday 24th November 2017
Time 9 am to 12 pm.

How to book: Please contact Steve Bauer on 07866285177 or







Summer league is a smashing success

Another bumper summer of tennis in the MANTIS Herefordshire & Worcestershire League was capped by Pershore Ladies A etching their name into the record books.

Their maiden victory in Division 1 saw them pip Stourbridge A and Bromsgrove A on games won with all three teams tied on 70 points.

Rachel Prudden was Pershore’s leading contributor with 11 wins from 14 while captain Sarah McCormick won 10/14 and Michelle Collings 9/12.

Sarah paid tribute to her Pershore team, saying: “I am so proud of this team, they have played from the heart and won matches from seemingly impossible situations. It's just brilliant and an amazing honour for Pershore."

In Men’s Division 1 Worcester A reigned supreme with James Attwood, Jon Bradshaw, Josh Hughes and Billy Wright leading the player stats after another dominant campaign.

They finished eight points clear of Manor Park A

Worcester A also denied Manor Park A in the Mixed Division 1 – this time on games won with both teams accruing 50 points.

Josh Hughes and Kate Horsburgh led the mixed stats tables with 10 wins from 10 matches.

Worcester Tennis Club enjoyed a strong season throughout the leagues. Their Ladies B team won Division 4 East and the C team, Division 8 East.

Meanwhile Worcester’s men’s team also tasted success as the C team won Division 4 East and the F team were crowned Division 9 East champions.

In the mixed leagues, Worcester again proved a force with the D team topping Division 3 West and the G team winning Division 5 West.

Droitwich also enjoyed the mixed leagues with their A team winning Division 2 and their C team Division 5 East.

Around 3,000 players from clubs across Herefordshire & Worcestershire competed in the 34 leagues, signalling the strength in depth of tennis in the counties.

Richard Herriman, chairman of H&W LTA said: “The MANTIS Sport sponsored league continues to prove extremely popular, providing competition for all levels and abilities. It has been a staple of the club scene over the years and we are working hard to promote tennis and get even more people playing, whether socially or competitively.

“Tennis feels as though it is very much on the up and we are looking to maintain that momentum.”


Kirks 5 weeks of coaching tips

For the next 5 Thursday's we will be releasing a series of coaching tips videos by Kirk Woodall and out together by Phil Broom of

They will be available on our Facebook page, YouTube channel and our In Focus page!

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Bromsgrove players served up a treat for spectators with great tennis in the club finals

Adam Dudek put in some powerful displays to win both the Men’s A final 6-3, 6-1 against Ollie Stratford and partnering Luke Petit the Men’s A doubles against Stratford and Steve Jones. He missed out on the treble when he and partner Katherine Smedley lost out to Petit and Imogen Sinclair in the Mixed A final which went to a deciding tie break.

In the Men’s B finals it was a fantastic display from Pete Morris. Starting the day in the singles he beat Voitek Niedzwiedz in 2 sets. He then played the doubles final with partner Tim Roland. In a close high quality match that pulled in the spectators they lost the first set 4-6 before taking the next two 6-3, 6-2 to beat fellow C team pair John Casey and Tim Wright. It was then straight into the Mixed final where despite the obvious tiredness he hung on to win 7-5, 7-5 with partner Jane Corbett against mother and son combo Di and Craig Horton. This capped a great day for Corbett who had earlier beaten Carol Cornelissen 6-4, 6-3 to win the Ladies B singles final.

Pete Morris, Tim Roland, John Casey and Tim Wright Pete Morris, Jane Corbett Di Horton and Craig Horton

Juniors Izzy O’Connor and Claudia Bullock showed how they had developed as a pair by reaching the Ladies A doubles final. However the experience of Ann Banner with Katherine Smedley showed on the day as they ran out comfortable winners 6-0, 6-2.


Tennis triumph for marathon men at Bewdley Tennis Club

Pete Mauger and Malcolm Guest lived up to the billing by claiming Bewdley Tennis Club’s Super Vets title after a marathon three set match against Martin Lester and Bob Napper.

The determined duo emerged winners 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 in a titanic tussle which lasted nearly three hours.

Martin then returned to partner Tine Sylvester in the Handicap Mixed but again had to settle for another runners up medal – this time at the hands of Ali Barton and Karen Booth who won 7-5, 7-5.

Pete Mauger and Malcolm Guest Mandy Sylvester and Alison Rosoman

Meanwhile serial winner Mandy Sylvester notched up a hat-trick of titles on the annual finals day.

She retained her ladies’ doubles and singles crowns and added the Mixed Veterans trophy to her collection.

Mandy teamed up with Alison Rosoman to defeat Nancy and Tine Sylvester 6-1,6-0 in the doubles before squaring off against each other in the singles which she won 6-3, 7-5.

She completed her treble in the Mixed Vets alongside Nat Sylvester as they overcame the challenge of Dave Meek and Ros Youngs 7-5, 6-3.

With the Men’s Singles, Doubles, Mixed and Vets Singles titles still be decided it has been another busy and successful year for the club.

As well as adding new members, its initiatives such as its term-time tennis, rusty rackets and junior coaching nights continue to prove popular.


Top quality tennis at Wollaston

Wollaston Lawn Tennis Club (WLTC) produced another day of top quality tennis as its members competed in Sunday's finals day of its 2017 Annual Club Championships. Over 6 hours of tennis saw 9 adult finals, and 5 Junior Finals all being contested at the Prestwood Drive Club.

Dave Edwards notched up another Men’s Singles Championship, his 15th since taking his first in 1999. Dave won in straight sets against Chris Brown who was playing in his first Singles Final.

The Ladies Singles Final was won by Jane Fox. Jane, who was last year’s beaten finalist and who was playing in only her 2nd final overcame Emily White in a tense match 7 5, 6 2 with the match taking nearly 2 hours. It was the first time that 16 year old Emily had entered the Senior Championships.

The men’s Doubles Final was won by Dave Edwards and Pete Talbot. The pair were able to overcome last year’s beaten finalists Colin Brown and Richard Such 6-2, 6-1.  The Ladies Doubles was won again by Hannah Didlock, this time with partner Amy Fellows in a very close final against Heather Partridge and Kate Downing.  Despite winning the first set 6 2, Hannah and Amy then lost the second set on a tie break before taking the final set on a tight Championship Tie break. 

The Mixed Final saw Dave Edwards and Amy Fellows retain their 2016 title with a close but entertaining battle with Chris Brown and Katy Waterhouse.

In the Plate tournament Paul Jackson took the men’s Singles final 6-4, 6-4 against Simon Townend. This was the second time Paul has won the men’s Singles plate final.  The men’s Doubles Plate was won by Adam James and Dave Tranter, beating Paul and Archie Wootton in straight sets. 

In the Ladies Doubles, Anita Shinton and Pat Bailey were pushed all the way to a deciding Championship decider against Jane Armstrong and Joan Bowles, with Anita and Pat coming out on top 10 7 in the tie break decider. The Mixed Plate was won by Ollie McNeillis and Lauren Simmonds, beating Paul Adams and Jane Armstrong in a close but straight sets victory.

WLTC Juniors also had a packed day of top tennis - In the Senior Boys Singles Tournament, Michael Scriven won his first title in the senior Category, overcoming last year’s beaten finalist Theo Shinton 7 6, 6 2. In a repeat of last year’s Final, the Senior Girl's Final was won by Emily White, achieving victory over Alex Solecki, whilst Charlie Nicholls won the Junior Boys Title beating Harvey Parsons.

In the Junior Boys Doubles, Michael Scriven and Harvey Parsons overcame Theo Shinton and Charlie Nicholls 7-6 , 6-4 in a very tight match. In the final match of the day Theo Shinton and Emily White beat Michael Scriven and Alex Solecki in Junior Mixed 6 4, 6 3.

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Tournament Organiser Max Bywater said "This was another wonderful Club Championships WLTC. The Club is always extra busy at this time of the year, as almost 100 matches are played throughout the tournament.

Sunday saw over 6 hours of quality, competitive tennis played in a great spirit both with the Junior and Adult Finals. It is always one of the highlights of the year."


Funky Footwear From Fabulous Forties

Following a long trip to Sunderland the ladies 40s team secured promotion with a great 4 1 victory.

funky feetThe team of Jackie Burton Beverley Morris, Jo Skym (captain) and Jilly Witcomb played really well against a strong Durham and Cleveland team to clinch the vital victory.

It has been a great season for the squad which has included Michelle Collings, Sally Frank,s Tina Manning and Rachel Truswell.

Well played team!





Droitwich Tennis Club

Droitwich Tennis Club market the end of their summer season with the semi finals and finals of the annual club tournament taking place over two days dodging rain, wind, thunder and lightning!

Some amazing tennis was played throughout the weekend, but the finals themselves threw up some impressive results with 10 out of the 14 matches going to three sets. BBQ's and buffets seemed to be everywhere despite the weather and around 100 people turned up on each day.

Lee Cowan beat Matt Baker in the closest mens singles for years whilst Dee Smith went away with the Ladies singles title. Ian Bowman & Joe Maidment had a three set victory to take the mens doubles title whilst Heidi Harris and Kate Hughes left with the silverware taking the Ladies title. Two of the best matches came right at the end of the day in the under 18s competition with James Stanford beating Scott Mortimer in a three set thriller, whilst Megan Ross finally overcame Felicity Quiney in an equally tight three set U18 girls final.

Droitwich Tennis Club

So its goodbye summer and time to reach for the bobble hats as the winter season gets closer!


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MANTIS Summer League Final Positions

Ladies Results Mens Results Mixed Results
1 Pershore A 1 Worcester A 1 Worcester A
2 Madley 2 Manor Park B 2 Droitwich A
3 Cutnall Green A 3 Pershore A 3 East Pershore A
4 East Worcester B 4 East Worcester C 4 East Barnt Green B
5 East Kempsey 5 East D Lloyd Worc B 5 East Droitwich C
6 East Wall Heath B 6 East D Lloyd Broms C 6 East Quarry Bank
7 East Droitwich D 7 East Pershore B 3 West Worcester D
8 East Worcester C 8 East Kempsey A 4 West Manor Park D
4 West Three Counties A 9 East Worcester F 5 West Worcester G
5 West Three Counties B 4 West Ledbury A    
6 West MCS B 5 West Hereford WX B    
7 West Woolhope B 6 West Wellington    
    7 West Goodrich    


The SEP Group H&W County Closed Championships Review

Teenage duo Felix Gill and Alex Maggs were among the star performers at the SEP Group Herefordshire & Worcestershire County Closed at Manor Park.

The duo took five titles between them while Felix was also named H&W boys player of the year.

A week of action which began with 153 competitors chasing glory across all age groups culminated in some exciting tennis at the Malvern club watched by H&W LTA president Ian King who was on hand to present all the trophies.

A total of 411 matches were played across he week with age groups as young as seven.

Meanwhile the H&W Boys Player of the Year went to Felix Gill and the Girls Player of the Year went to Caoimhe Guppy. 

Team of the Year went to the Men’s Summer County Cup Team who gained promotion for the second year running.   The team was Charlie Crisp Captain, Alex Parker, Ryan Gaskin, Rob Lowe, Jamie Marks, Oliver Nunn, Mike Langston, Callum Treasurer. 

Richard Herriman, chairman of H&W LTA, added: “Many people give their time to enable this event to run. Our thanks go to Manor Park Club and its staff for hosting the event and particularly Chris Barr Hamilton and his team for the catering and café facilities. 

“This event was again organised and refereed by Ed Bradford who did an excellent job as always.  We are extremely grateful to him for his time and efficient and cheerful running of the tournament. Thanks also to all his helpers and to all the coaches and parents for their support of the players.”

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Pershore Tennis Centre - an inspiration

One of Pershore's finest recently celebrated his 89th birthday!

Derek Humberstone - Pershore Tennis Centre's longest serving members - was presented with a cake at Pershore Tennis Centre's weekly Saturday Tennis social  last week to celebrate over 60 year of playing tennis.

The award was also to recognise that, in his 90th year, Derek continues to demonstrate remarkable accuracy, poise, finesse and competitive savvy on the court.

Derek Humberstone

We are all blessed to have such a fine gentleman to inspire us to continue playing tennis for many years to come. Thanks Derek!


Teenage tear up nets Bewdley title

Felix Gill and Aaron Trainor made a splash after defeating Matt Tully and Richard Partridge to win the Bewdley Tennis Club Men’s Open.

The teenage duo defied rainy conditions to see off the challenge of big-serving Partridge and his partner 7-5 in a high quality set.

Bewdley Open

Persistent rain throughout the day failed to put a dampener on proceedings with a strong field including the newly crowned SEP Group Herefordshire & Worcestershire County Closed men’s singles champion Jamie Marks.

Marks and partner Tom Welsh though fell at the quarter final stage, defeated in a tie-break by Partridge and Tully.

Alex Maggs, winner of the County Closed U18s singles title, and partner James Story saw off James Attwood and Josh Hughes in their last eight clash but went out against Partridge and Tully in the semis.

Simon Ferguson, a Level 5 coach, who has coached both Gill and Trainor, was defeated by his former proteges 7-5 alongside partner Luke Henley in the other semi.

Ferguson and Henley had the consolation of winning the third-placed play-off.

Gill, who was a last minute addition to the tournament, won the County Closed U16s title last week and is off to Roehampton to work with the national squad. 

Meanwhile a busy September is in store at the Stourport Road club with the annual club championships culminating in finals day on Sunday, September 24.

Also starting on Monday September 11, for the seventh straight year, is Term Time Tennis, an ideal session for beginners and returners. For more information contact head coach Geoff Barrie on 07838 236691.

Finally congratulations to Martin Lester and Ros Youngs for their recent triumph over Sara Hodgson and Alfie Sylvester in the club's annual Champagne and Strawberries event.


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Malvern Open boasts 419 entries for 2017 Grade 3 Tournament

The Malvern Open, a Lawn Tennis Association Grade 3 ranking tournament, took place between Sunday 23rd and Saturday 29th July 2017 against the stunning backdrop of the Malvern Hills.

Attracting 419 entries from players across the country, events were held across all age groups from U8 through to Men’s and Ladies Open. Just over 400 matches were played across 16 courts at the Manor Park Club and nearby Malvern St James.

Finals day saw Jack Smith of Redditch Tennis Club lose out in the semi-final of the Men’s Singles event to eventual winner Freddie Davies, of Kenilworth, whilst Sam Clements of Manor Park lost to Samuel Sitch of David Lloyd Cranmore in the final of the 10U Boys Singles. In the 9U event, Alfie Mills of Pershore Tennis Club finished 3rd from an entry field of 24 players, whilst Zach Burgess of Manor Park finished as runner up in the 8U event.
In doubles events, Liz and Katy Lewin of Ledbury Tennis Club teamed up to finish 3rd in the Ladies Doubles event with Katherine Panton-Kent and Nicole Lewis of David Lloyd Worcester finishing 4th. In the 18U boys event, Bradley Smith and Sean Randle of Pershore Tennis Club finished 3rd, whilst club mates Samuel Rayner and Max Hingley also finished 3rd in the 14U event. The 10U event saw Sam Clements of Manor Park team up with Caleb Ravenscroft of Redditch and finish runners up.
Tournament Referee Ed Bradford said “The Malvern Open once again proved to be a highly competitive tournament, attracting a number of highly ranked players from across the country. Matches were fiercely competitive but all were played in the right spirit. We wish all players well for the rest of the summer tour and we look forward to welcoming them back in 2018”.

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10U Boys Singles winner Samuel Sitch (left) with runner up Sam Clements of Manor Park (right)









Pershore Ladies A clinch Division 1 title

For the first time in Pershore Tennis Centre's history the Ladies A team have won the MANTIS H&W ladies division 1 title by winning all their matches against Stourbridge A & B, Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Worcester, Manor Park and Leominster, the strongest season ever in the history of the club.

Competing in the top division of the MANTIS Herefordshire & Worcestershire County Tennis League they had to beat Bromsgrove in their final match with the winner becoming the champions.

Ladies captain Sarah McCormick said that "we knew that we had to play our best to win the match but I wanted the team to also enjoy it and be proud of what we had achieved this season. I am so proud of this team, they have played from the heart and won matches from seemingly impossible situations. It's just brilliant and an amazing honour for Pershore."

The ladies finished the season winning 7 out of 7 matches.

Picture L to R: Beverley Morris, Rachel Prudden, Kelly Maguire, Sarah McCormick (Club Chairperson and Captain), Georgie Jeynes-Cupper & Imogen Looker.

Not pictured; altho’ part of the team are : Lucie Palmer, Michelle Collings, Beth Excell, Kate Baston and Holly Cook.

Pershore divisio 1 champions


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