Team Results

It was an action packed weekend for the Meads tennis club as both the men and women first team squads were playing at home. The men secured a stunning 4-0 victory over Pavilion and Avenue TC and although the women fell to a 3-1 defeat the one point they registered could yet prove crucial in their bid for promotion into Division 3.

For the men an unfamiliar pairing of Peter Bray and Neil Baker proved a stroke of genius as the two players combined brilliantly to win both their rubbers. Bray's booming forehand and Baker's guile proved too strong for the opposition pairs.

The Meads second pair of Dan Wasp and Ben Clennell displayed nerves of steel in winning both their rubbers. After coming through their first rubber in a third set tie break their second rubber saw them battle through after every set went to a tie break. They took the first set 7-6, lost the second set 6-7 and then triumphed 10-7 in a thrilling championship tie break. Captain Dan Wasp said, "The lads showed amazing fighting spirit to come back so well against their very strong first pair. We had to constantly dig deep and I was so impressed with the strength of character displayed by all four players."

Meanwhile on the adjacent courts the Meads women were facing runaway leaders ChichesterTC. In a tremendously high quality encounter with all eight women playing some scintillating tennis Chichester justified their top of the table status with a 3-1 victory. First pair Sarah King-Spooner and Ella Athanassiou won one rubber and lost their second one whilst second pair Hazel Sneath and Jess Gisby battled hard but were defeated in both of their matches.

The one point gained though could be vital as Meads head into their final match of the season knowing that a 4-0 victory against East Grinstead would see them promoted.


Men from l to r Dan Wasp, Neil Baker, Peter Bray and Ben Clennell

Women from left to right Sarak King-Spooner, Ella Athanassiou, Jess Gisby and Hazel Sneath