Gosling Sports Park plays host to FILA Senior English Indoor Tennis Championships

PUBLISHED: 15:21 19 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:21 19 April 2016

Graham Klysz in action in the mens doubles 55s

Graham Klysz in action in the mens doubles 55s

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Gosling Sports Park played host to the inaugural FILA Senior English Indoor Championships last week.

Over 290 players competed over six days at the Performance Tennis Academy in WGC.

International Tennis Federation (ITF) seniors circuit newcomer Damion Jackson overcame Philip Fowler 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to take the men’s 40’s title.

Top seed Hazel Lindfield coming through a strong draw to defeat second seed Bim Newton 6-0, 6-2 in the women’s 55’s final.

Tournament director Marcus Stapleton said: “We have been delighted by the player support for the event and are excited at the prospect of building the event into one of the most significant ITF indoor events in Europe.”

GB player Rajiv Batra added: “It’s been a great team effort by all those involved and we are really happy and the outcome,” commented Batra the director of BBUK the licensee of FILA in the UK.”

Players from 16 countries competed with Kiwi Steven Cargo a French resident setting new records for daily commuting to play.

Cargo actually travelled daily from his home in Calais France to win the men’s 55 singles, beating top seed Tony King.

Cargo said: “I love the indoor acrylic surface which suits my game and coming from New Zealand I’m used to travelling long distances.”

Batra was a finalist in his own event in the men’s 55 singles and the 35 doubles.

Senior tennis GB secretary Valerie Willoughby visited the event during the finals weekend, “We are happy that the players have enjoyed themselves and congratulations to all those involved in organising a successful tournament which looks set to become a popular event in the long term”.

Gosling Sports Park is an LTA performance centre and the revenue generated from the event will be invested back into helping aspiring young players training at the facility.


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