Stratford-on-Avon stars celebrated at Warwickshire Tennis awards
PLAYERS from the Stratford-on-Avon area were honoured at the Warwickshire Tennis awards for 2020, which were held virtually because of Covid restrictions, reports Sally Bliss.
Rising star Lucia Cassidy, 14, from Hampton Lucy, was named as the county’s junior player of the year.
Pre-pandemic, the big-hitting youngster, who trains at Warwick Boat Club, won a string of prestigious tournaments including a Grade 2 national singles and doubles age-group title plus a Tennis Europe doubles title in Portugal last March.
She also became one of the youngest girls ever to be selected for the 18 and Under Warwickshire County Cup team, winning her match against Kent.
Since September she has made it to the semi-final of two 18U Grade 3 tournaments and gained experience at the 16U and 18U Grade 2 Nationals in October.
Tennis-mad Toby Pearton from Wilmcote, 15, a member of both Aston Cantlow and Stratford-on-Avon tennis clubs, is Warwickshire’s young volunteer of the year.
Despite only taking up tennis aged 12, he has improved rapidly, competing in scores of tournaments and in 2019 he won the county stage of the prestigious 14 and Under “Road to Wimbledon” championship.
Pre-pandemic, he passed his Young Leader course and every Saturday helped coach the children at the Stratford club.
He has focussed on recruiting more members at Aston Cantlow where he is a committee member and manages the court booking system which he set up on Whatsapp.
During lockdown, he even staged ‘Wimblecote’ with a mini-net in his small back garden, working on his family’s tennis skills.
Meanwhile, the Warwickshire 14 and Under Boys County Cup squad deservedly took the team of the year title after raising more than £2,500 for the NHS and Covid patients while covering around 170 miles with a virtual team run.