2008 West Highland Tennis Championships

Oban’s annual West Highland Tennis Championships took place at Atlantis Leisure from Saturday 28th June to Sunday 4th July and in a fitting conclusion to what is regarded as one of the best tournaments on the Scottish circuit, two of Scotland’s top ten met in the final of the Men’s Singles on Sunday afternoon. In the end, it was Jamie Murray’s ex-doubles partner Colin Fleming who emerged victorious over Jamie’s coach Alan MacDonald in one of the best Tennis matches seen in Oban for many years.

Scottish No.5 MacDonald comfortably took the first set 6-3 but Fleming fought back to take the next two sets 6-3, 6-2 to win his second West Highland Tennis Championships title. In the Ladies Singles, it was an all-Newlands affair with defending champion Jan Oliphant retaining her title by defeating Christine Lockhart in straight sets 6-3, 6-0.

Earlier on in the week, the popular local events got the tournament underway and provided a mixture of both competitive and sociable tennis for local players before the main Tennis Scotland Senior Grand Prix event at the weekend. The tournament committee had managed to attract the strongest field in the history of the Championships and spectators enjoyed a very high standard of tennis throughout the weekend.

After the prizegiving, Men’s champion Colin Fleming proclaimed the tournament as “one of the best on the Scottish circuit” and many of the other competitors promised to return next year having enjoyed both the competitive and social aspects of the weekend. Tournament organisers would like to thank Atlantis Leisure, the many local businesses and Argyll & Bute Council for their continued support of the Championships.

Results

MacArthur Stewart & Alan Genzel Gents Championship Singles:
Winner: Colin Fleming, Runner Up: Alan MacDonald

Eric Smith World Travel Gents Championship Consolation Singles:
Winner: Jamie Durkin, Runner Up: Ben Wallace

Ferguson Hair & Beauty Ladies Championship Singles:
Winner: Jan Oliphant, Runner Up: Christine Lockhart

Eric Smith World Travel Ladies Championship Consolation Singles:
Winner: Samantha Bowling, Runner Up: Ashley Davis

Matheson’s Furnishings Gents Championship Doubles:
Winners: Jordan Gray & Alan MacDonald, Runners Up: Owen Hadden & Kenny Wood

The Jean Shop Ladies Championship Doubles:
Winners: Christine Lockhart & Jan Oliphant, Runners Up: Laura Servise & Loretta Montemayor

Eric Smith World Travel Gents Championship U21 Singles:
Winner: Scott Nicholls, Runner Up: Sean Smith

DM McKinnon Solicitors Oban Gents Singles:
Winner: Stuart Fraser, Runner Up: Kenny Drummond

DM MacKinnon Solicitors Oban Gents Doubles:
Winners: Cameron Barbour & Kenny Drummond, Runners Up: Alistair Dickson & Ian Swann

Anderson Banks Gents Handicap Singles:
Winner: Andrew Barrington, Runner Up: Neil Innes

The Dental Surgery Mix & Match Competition:
Winner: Andrew Barrington

Team Competition:
Winners: Andrew Barrington, Fraser Brydon, Susie Hutchison & Bernadette Trivello

Burden Veterans Gents Doubles:
Winners: Colin Kennedy & Geoff Legg, Runners Up: Simon Coom & C Woods

Alan Genzel Veterans Ladies Doubles:
Winners: Eileen Legg & Susan Nugent, Runners Up: Jane McLean & J Whittaker

Veterans Mixed Doubles:
Winners: Alistair Dickson & Jane McLean, Runners Up: Ian Swann & J Whittaker

Maureen McCulloch Quaich for best young player:
Winner: Andrew Barringto