TENNIS: Wright’s treble triumph at club championships

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Jo Wright claimed a triple haul of titles at Chapel Allerton Lawn Tennis Club’s annual championships on Sunday.

She defended her ladies’ singles crown by beating new member Jo Morris, before teaming up with Morris to overcome Elspeth Beattie and Laura Morris in the doubles final. Wright ended her afternoon by securing the mixed doubles trophy with son Josh, seeing off the challenge of Jo Morris and partner Daniel Alfelua in the final.

The victory underlined Wright’s dominance in a singles competition which she has won 14 times during her career and held consecutively since 2005.

The men’s singles cup has a new holder after Adam de Vries, head of tennis at Ampleforth College, beat defending champion Matthew Tottey on the grass in a compelling match. Newcomer de Vries also took home the men’s doubles title when he and Chris Wickett saw off Alfelua and head coach Will Brannan in the final.

In the plate events, Ivan Parslow won the men’s singles, Grace Newton claimed the ladies’ singles and Tristan Milner and Max Farrell saw off Mike Smith and Simon Ruijesnaars in a hard-fought men’s doubles clash. Zowie Davy and Michaela Bruce beat Rachel Dexter and Emily Dixon in the ladies’ doubles final and Davy was victorious again when she and tennis sectionchairman Christian Kaiser lifted the B-tier mixed doubles cup, overcoming Ian Sher and Rachel Dexter’s challenge in the final match of the day.

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