Gallery: Tennis Open hailed as smashing success

PUBLISHED: 17:44 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:06 26 October 2009

Action from the Tennis Open at Gosling Sports Park

Action from the Tennis Open at Gosling Sports Park

THE first ever Hit n Run Tennis Open at Gosling Sports Park has been hailed as a smashing success. Players aged between four and 65 battled it out in more than 600 matches across a variety of tournaments for different age groups. The initiative benefite

All ages took part in the scheme

THE first ever Hit 'n' Run Tennis Open at Gosling Sports Park has been hailed as a smashing success.

Players aged between four and 65 battled it out in more than 600 matches across a variety of tournaments for different age groups.

The initiative benefited from fine weather, which saw tennis fanatics bring out their rackets to play in their droves.

Leo Tutt, of the Hertfordshire Lawn Tennis Association, praised the scheme at the WGC complex.

He said: "It was great to see so many kids competing.

"The tournament was a great opportunity for all players, parents, siblings and friends to get involved in tennis within a fun festival atmosphere, which included indoor bouncy castles, 5-a-side football, parent forums and a play zone."

During the week, 150 different mini tennis players competed and took part in more than 600 matches, with a record 74 players competing on the Thursday.

As well as a large mini tennis event, there was a junior tournament running alongside.

The boys and girls of U12, U14, U16 age groups and a men's open event fought hard all week for a place in the Saturday finals.

Overall the competition was a great success and Lee Turnbull, who sponsored the event, thanked all those who took part at any stage during the six days.

He said: "We hope to see you back at one, or both of next year's events, which will be held in the first week of the Easter and summer holidays."

If you would like more information on tennis at Gosling, or want to know more about tournaments running at Gosling Sports Park, ring 01707 384332.

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