British tour 2021
Sponsored by Boadicea The victorious
and grade 3 junior tournament
It is a pleasure to welcome competitors to the Boadicea British Tour & our Grade 3 junior Tournament after a Covid affected year.
As Chairman I watch with great interest the various age groups in the junior tennis & wonder what they think when lining up on our courts & seeing much older young men & women hitting with such ferocity. Is it inspiring or can it be intimidating? I think both are probably true.
This year we are delighted to share our junior tournament with Sutton Highfields LTC and my thanks goes to Garth Furmidge who made an introduction to Paul Waton at Sutton Highfields who has warmly welcomed us as a Club. Geographically we are very well connected & look forward to sharing their facilities.
I look forward to saying Hello to as many people as I can during the week & perhaps sharing a coffee / glass of wine .
Enjoy a great week,
About the tournament
Sutton Tennis & Squash Club have always enjoyed a great relationship with Performance Tennis. From the 1960’s our Club hosted several warm-up tournament for the French open which was normally held in early April. Fast forward several years to the noughties and our Club have been hosting the Boadicea British Tour for nigh on ten years.
During this golden period Boadicea has provided invaluable help in prize money to the winners, runners, semi & quarter-finalists to help support young players who are taking their 1st step onto the professional ladder. Players who have benefited include Dan Evans (currently Britain’s no 1), Joe Salisbury (2 times Grand slam doubles/mixed doubles winner), Harriet Dart (Wimbledon mixed doubles semi-finalist), Jay Clark – Wimbledon wild card 2021)), Marcus Willis who thrilled many on his way to playing Roger Federer in Wimbledon 2nd round, Liam Broady who played the Olympic event this year plus numerous others top quality ladies & men who are active on the ITF or Challenger circuit.
From a Club perspective it is worth noting that Dan Evans was defeated by Tom Burn in the 1/4 final that year. Their careers may have gone in different directions but Tom remains an outstanding Ambassador & player for both our Club & Ewell Castle School.
This years event showcases Alastair Gray, a former student of Texas Christian University (TCU), Jonny Gray ( no relation to Alastair) but stalwart of our Men’s National team. Previous winner Sean Hodgkin who played a nail biter against our own Jack Carpenter before claiming the title against Alexis Canter.
It is also a pleasure to welcome back Freya Christie & Alicia Barnett & to enjoy the participation of Dani Hack & Jodie Lawrence-Taylor who are great players & supporters of our Club. Dani travels to American Uni in August & takes all our best wishes with her.
Sutton Highfields Tennis and Pétanque Club
Host to the grade 3 junior tournament
Sutton Highfields Tennis and Pétanque Club has a proud history dating back over 110 years. We are a small club with 4 hard courts and 2 pétanque pitches on a lovely secluded, green site in a quiet residential area between Sutton and Carshalton Beeches. We are very pleased to be hosting the Junior Tournament at our club in August. This is a sign of our successful collaboration with Sutton Tennis and Squash Club with coaching which began early in 2021. I look forward to more tennis and social get togethers with our closest tennis club neighbour in the years ahead.
Paul Waton, chairman SHTPC