Wins all round for Cross in Hand Tennis Club

5th February

Cameron Christie

Cameron Christie

Cross in Hand players had a triumphant weekend of tennis with men’s and women’s teams winning their matches and a junior player winning a tournament.

On Sunday the ladies’ second team took on Billingshurst at Cross in Hand on the clay.

The four ladies from Cross in Hand pulled off a terrific 3-1 victory against Billingsworth, undeterred by the billowing winds, sprinkling snow and occasional blinding sunshine.

After a comfortable win of their first match, Cross-in Hand’s first pair found themselves briskly one set down in the second. They fought back with a combination of i-formation tactics and left-handed winners down both lines, to eventually defeat their opponents 10-6 in the championship tie-break.

Cross in Hand’s no 2 pair also struggled to find form against the wily and skiddish shots of Billingsworth’s first ladies. But after a relaxing and friendly cup of tea they stormed their second match, sending sharp returns deep to the base line, to secure a decisive victory.

The men’s third team travelled to The Weald in Hassocks where they took the first two rubbers before the opposition conceded the second two rubbers as the rain came down.

Junior player Cameron Christie, 12, who lives in Hellingly, had one of his best tournaments to date winning a Grade 4 County level tournament on Sunday where he was seeded fourth.

Despite very windy and cold conditions Cameron played extremely well. He made use of the wind and came up to volley as much as possible. Cameron won all three matches in the under 12 competition which was held at Bede’s Senior School .

He won the semi-final on a tie-break and the final by two sets to love. The win means he qualifies for a regional tournament in Bromley on 3rd March.

Cameron said: “I was really pleased to win the tournament especially as I beat two players who were ranked higher than me.”