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Sizzling tennis players match the hot weather

Emotions in motion are captured during South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club Grass Court Classic action. Al Folster of Campbell River eyes where his return is headed against Art Hobbs. - Don Bodger
Emotions in motion are captured during South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club Grass Court Classic action. Al Folster of Campbell River eyes where his return is headed against Art Hobbs.
— image credit: Don Bodger

Warm and dry weather arrived just in time for the South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club’s Grass Court Classic that concluded on Canada Day.

With the way the rain was coming down on the days leading up to the event, organizers were casting a wary eye toward the skies and the forecast. Any moisture at all leaves the grass courts unsafe for play.

Luckily, it worked out.

“Long range, it looked good,’’ said tournament director Lynne Cowan. “We prayed to the sun gods a lot.

“Tennis B.C. told us about a really great website they swear by.’’

Wunderground.com brought the encouraging words tournament officials were seeking and, sure enough, skies cleared and the grass dried for the beginning of play and conditions were ideal throughout the weekend.

A total of 108 players took part in the event, including some newcomers.

“We’ve got some new Americans,’’ said Cowan. “It’s always nice.

“We know we get the Americans in July for the week-long tournament.’’

The courts were in tip-top shape for the event. And a new liner made the courts more defined.

“The new liner it’s fabulous,’’ said Cowan. “It’s really professional looking.’’

Many of the top seeds did well in the various events. Following are the results of category finals:

Men’s 35 Singles — Geoff Bourne over James Pretorius 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Men’s 35 Doubles —David Fairbotham and Tim Hopper over Dan Cardinall and Ranjan Mcarthur 6-3, 6-2.

Men’s 45 Singles — Tim Hopper over Shawn Lusignan 6-1, 6-4.

Women’s 45 Singles — Karen Clarke over Jill Dann 7-6, 6-3.

Women’s 45 Doubles — Kim Rogers and Margaret Shepp over Holly Calvin and Debbie Harrit 6-7, 6-4, 7-5.

Mixed 45 Doubles — Dan Cardinall and Karen Clarke over Steve Perks and Amanda Heffelfinger 6-4, 7-5.

Men’s 55 Singles — Ranjan Mcarthur over Al Folster 6-4, 7-5.

Men’s 55 Doubles — Allan Lawry and Paul Shellard over Bill Majercsik and Alan Osborne 7-5, 6-4.

Women’s 55 Doubles — Sheila Anning and Glenys Wall over Mary Martin and Liese Ritchie 6-4, 6-1.

Mixed 55 Doubles — Roger Skillings and Barbara Skillings over Al Folster and Donna Folster 7-6, 5-7, 6-3.

Men’s 60 Singles — Ken Babcock over William Bradley 6-0, 6-0.

Women’s 60 Singles — Jean Martin over Paddy Mann 6-4, 6-2.

Women’s 60 Doubles — Jean Martin and Glenys Wall over Sheila Anning and Lynne Cowan 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.

Men’s 65 Singles — Conrad Bielicki over Charles Ayers 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.

Women’s 65 Singles — Jandi Fraser won in a round robin.

Men’s 65 Doubles — John Calveley and John Fraser over Allan Gale and Gordon Verge 6-2, 6-4.

Mixed 65 Doubles — John Calveley and Jandi Fraser over Don Axtell and Glayne Axtell 6-3, 6-1.

Men’s 70 Singles — Don Axtell over John Fraser 6-2, 7-6.

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