Burnley Tennis Club finals

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Burnley Tennis Club annual finals day was played on a beautiful sunny day, and there was some sparkling tennis played by the players.

The Men’s Singles Final was a very tight affair, played between two very good friends.

Stephen Palmer beat Chris Rowell in a champions tie-break, 10-3, after both players had won one set each.

Palmer won the first set 6-2, but with Rowell’s dad, former Claret Gary, watching, Chris struck back, taking the second set, 7-5.

But it was Palmer who proved to be the stronger, winning the champions tie-break 10-3.

In the Ladies’ Singles Final, Elaine Varcoe had a very comfortable win over Jo Heywood, winning 6-1, 6-2.

The Men’s Doubles Final was another tight affair, and again it went to a champions tie-break.

Iain Taylor and David Whittaker beat Stephen Palmer and Chris Rowell, 3-6, 6-0, 10-8.

Varcoe followed up her singles success with victory in the Ladies’ Doubles Final, helping Heywood beat Donna Livesey and Alison Pagett, 6-1, 6-1 in a one-sided final.

And Varcoe made it a hat-trick as she linked up with Daniel Taylor in the Mixed Doubles Final to beat Iain Taylor and Jill Thorpe, 6-0, 6-2.

Steven Blackadder won the Verterans’ singles by beating a very game Nigel Holt, 6-4, 6-1.

Blackadder teamed up with Allistair Baldock to win the Veterans’ Doubles by beating Ashgar Ali and Derek Walker, 6-2, 7-5.

Every now and then you come across a real talent, and Burnley Tennis Club appear to have such a player in Marley Byrne.

The club’s coach Iain Taylor has high hopes for Marley in the future, and Marley beat Matthew Crossley in a very entertaining Boys’ Singles Final 6-4, 6-2.

The Girls’ Singles Final turned out to be a real marathon.

Victoria Baldock beat Lydia Garraty, 6-3, 3-6, 7-2 in a tie break.

In the Junior Doubles Final, Matthew Crossley and Daniel Frost beat Annabelle Baldock and Marley Byrne, 6-2, 6-4.

Pictured, top, are the Men’s Doubles Finalists, from left, Iain Taylor, David Whittaker, Chris Rowell and Stephen Palmer.

And below, the Mixed Doubles Finalists are Iain Taylor, Jill Thorpe, Elaine Varcoe and Daniel Taylor.