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Winning weekend for thriving Newark Tennis Club ahead of grand opening

It was a winning weekend in the sun for Newark Tennis Club as its teams went four from four across various competitions.

It was close for the ladies in their evening match away at Musters, but Newark came out on top, 7-5.

James Lalyk serving for Newark 1sts. (16061604)
James Lalyk serving for Newark 1sts. (16061604)

Annie Davies/Katy Dines took all four sets (6-2, 7-6, 6-1, 6-4) while Dawn Cartledge/Helen Isaacs managed one set (5-7, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6).

The pairing of Lynne Hare/Hrudya Kolli took two sets (3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6) in the Division Three Notts Short Format match.

It wasn’t your ordinary fixture in Division Two of the Lincs National League, as Newark 1sts beat Newark 2nds 6-0.

Annabel Bird, Jon Thornton, Sara Jackson, James Lalyk (49342755)
Annabel Bird, Jon Thornton, Sara Jackson, James Lalyk (49342755)

In what was the final match of the season, Sam Smith and James Lalyk took on Newark 2nds.

Smith and Lalyk took 6-2, 6-1 wins against Jon Thornton and, in the doubles, they did even better winning 6–1, 6-0.

The win cemented their place as league winners.

Captain Sara Jackson. (45186703)
Captain Sara Jackson. (45186703)

The Mixed Division Four Notts Summer League fixtures proved to be just as enjoyable for Smith and Lalyk, as Newark won 18-0.

Newark mixed 1sts made it three wins from three in the league, with Grantham proving little threat.

Smith/ Sara Jackson (right) cruised to 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 wins, while Ashley Hallam followed it up with strong results of his own, 6-3, 6-2, 6-5, 6-0.

The set wins courtesy of James Lalyk and Annie Davies (6-4, 6-5, 6-1, 6-0) handed Newark a 12-0 advantage, at which point Grantham conceded the final rounds.

The final win also came from a Newark mixed team, this time in Division 2 of the Lincs Summer League.

The 8-0 was just as straightforward for Newark, who handled the heat well and dominated.

The results were as follows; Katy Dines/Rich Hall (6-3, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3) and John Jessop/Jen Brown (6-4, 6-3, 6-0, 6-3).

The wins came at a positive time for the club, which will celebrate the opening of its new London Road courts on Saturday.

The club will celebrate the opening with a coaching event for the junior membership between 10am and 11am.

Newark MP Robert Jenrick will then open the courts.

Members will finish the day with a mixed, all-ability doubles tournament across its four hard courts and two grass courts.

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