Some three weeks ago, 78 eager and excited children took their place on the draw of our very own tennis tournament, Wimblehampton, and yesterday, this thrilling knockout competition came to its conclusion.  Two boys and two girls remained, and in front of hundreds of adoring fans, our wonderful line judges, as well as our ball boys and girls, the Wimblehampton finals took place! Under the glorious summer sunshine, both matches were played in good spirit, with no lack of skill, power and precision.

In the girls final, Ruby Fillis faced Libby Lavender in what was always going to be a close encounter.  Ruby won the first game 7-5 in the best of three game match, but was pegged  back to one game all as Libby came charging back to win the second game, also 7-5.  With the deciding game upon them, both players took a much needed drinks break to regain their composure.  Some breathtaking forehands took Ruby clear and she eventually won the deciding game 7-4 in another competitive game.  Libby was the first to congratulate the victor, and both players left the court with their heads held high.

In the boys final, Noah Walker and Vrishin Guduru made their way to the court to rapturous applause.  The two had played each other previously and their matches had been hard fought, but Vrishin played like a man on a mission, and stormed through the first game 7-1.  The second was far closer, with Noah finding his true form, but Vrishin would not be beaten, and won the second game 7-4.  Once again, both winner and loser embraced at the net, both proud of their efforts.

All four players enjoyed the awards ceremony, and flaunted their well deserved trophies to the crowds either side of the court.  Tennis and Leckhampton were the true winners. Well done to our finalists, we’re all very proud of you!