Oban’s annual West Highland Tennis Championships took place at Atlantis Leisure from Saturday 30th June to Sunday 8th July. Local events were held first and then the week culminated with the main Tennis Scotland Senior Grand Prix event.
The local events were very well supported and provided a mixture of both competitive and sociable tennis. Junior competitions were held during the day on Tuesday and Wednesday with an excellent turnout from promising young players who received coaching as well as playing competitive matches. Fraser Brydon was awarded the Maureen McCulloch Memorial Quaich for the best young junior in the tournament having impressed the committee with his skill, attitude and commitment throughout the week.
The main Grand Prix event kicked off on the Friday with spectators enjoying a very high standard of tennis throughout the weekend from players hailing from Scotland, America & Northern Ireland. Local interest in the Gents Singles was sadly cut short on Friday when all four local entrants were knocked out in the early stages of the draw. However the competitive experience gained by the locals will hopefully bode them well for the future.
Finals Day was held on Sunday with the Gents Singles final being contested by Scottish No.11 Jordan Gray of Thorn Park and defending champion Kenny Wood from Bridge of Allan. After a closely fought first set with Jordan edging it 6/4, he upped the ante in the second to win it 6/1 and claim his first West Highland Tennis Championships title. In the Ladies Singles, it was an all-Newlands affair with defending champion Jan Oliphant retaining her title by beating Christine Lockhart in straight sets 6/2, 6/2.
The committee would like to thank Atlantis Leisure, the many local businesses and Argyll & Bute Council for their continued support of the Championships. After the prizegiving, many of the competitors promised to return next year having enjoyed both the competitive and social aspects of the tournament.
MacArthur Stewart Gents Championship Singles:
Winner: Jordan Gray, Runner Up: Kenny Wood
Eric Smith World Travel Gents Championship Consolation Singles:
Winner: Dylan Bodet, Runner Up: Ben Salomon
Ferguson Hair & Beauty Ladies Championship Singles:
Winner: Jan Oliphant, Runner Up: Christine Lockhart
Eric Smith World Travel Ladies Championship Consolation Singles:
Winner: Kristen Brikmanis, Runner Up: Skilar Bourque
Matheson’s Furnishings Gents Championship Doubles:
Winners: Jordan Gray & Ronnie Terras, Runners Up: Owen Hadden & Kenny Wood
The Jean Shop Ladies Championship Doubles:
Winners: Christine Lockhart & Jan Oliphant, Runners Up: Esther Dalgado & Lisa Munro
Esplanade Court Mixed Championship Doubles:
Winners: Tucker Mueck & Kristen Brikmanis, Runners Up: Dylan Bodet & Noami Walzbuck
MacPhee & Partners Oban Gents Singles:
Winner: Billy Thomson, Runner Up: Neil Innes
DM MacKinnon Solicitors Oban Gents Doubles:
Winners: Tristan Carre & Stuart Fraser, Runners Up: Kenny Drummond & John Paul Mowberry
Anderson Banks Gents Handicap Singles:
Winner: Milan Ferguson, Runner Up: Cameron Barbour
Anderson Banks Ladies Handicap Doubles:
Winners: Ashra Arshad & Susie Hutchison, Runners Up: Pippa Drysdale & Jenny Miller
The Dental Surgery Mix & Match Competition:
Winners: Fraser Brydon & Stuart Fraser
Maureen McCulloch Quaich for best young player:
Winner: Fraser Brydon