Josh becomes youngest Rudgwick tennis winner

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Josh Pistorious became the youngest winner of any senior event in Rudgwick Tennis Club history, with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat of his father Warwick in the men’s singles on Friday.

The 15-year-old, who has a scholarship to the Sutton Tennis Academy and hopes to become professional, was pushed all the way in the first set, but took control in a one-sided second set - after Warwick declared the match would be over in 20 minutes.

Rudgwick’s finals day went ahead after three postponements due to weather and injuries - which also caused the postponement of the ladies doubles and singles finals.

Elsewhere, cousins Guy and Tim Harrison then took on Chris Blizard and Dominic Hall, stalwarts of the club and last years’ winners, in the men’s doubles, watched by enthusiastic supporters including Guy’s mother, one of the original founders of the club. The cup holders looked to be on their way to an easy win, taking the first set 6-1, but then Guy and Tim upped their game coming back to win the second set 6-2. The challengers took that momentum into the ten-point championship tiebreak, rapidly going 6-O up. Their opponents hit back winning the next six points, only for the cousins to take the next three points to gain three championship match points. With the tennis matching the suspense, Blizard and Hall won the next five points to save the match points against them and then win the match.

Warwick Pistorius and Chris Blizard then returned to contest the mixed doubles, partnered by Kathy, his wife, and Jane Wait respectively. This was a more one sided affair, with the husband and wife team beating Chris and Jane in straight sets, although there were many long rallies and deuce games.

The evening was concluded with a dinner and cups’ presentations in the Rudgwick Sports and Social Club.