There was more success for Scottish players at the weekend with a couple of notable displays.
Birthday delight for Ali Collins
Ali Collins, 17 from Dunblane won her first ITF Junior singles title of the year at the weekend in ITF Grade 2 Hodmezovasharhely Cup in Hungary with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory in the final, over Second seed Lara Schmidt of Germany.
On her route to the final, the Scottish No1 U18 beat top seed Viktoria Morvayova from Slovakia in the semi-finals in convincing fashion with a 6-2, 6-2 win.
To make the result even sweeter was the fact that it was Ali’s 17th Birthday on the day of the final, making it a day to remember. Ali currently has a combined ranking of 131 in the world, however after the victory at the weekend, this will be set to improve.
Matthew Strikes Gold
There was also success for Matthew Copley who won Gold in the singles and Silver in the doubles of the Learning Disability Tennis Regional Midlands Tournament in Nottingham.
Matthew is part of the Tennis Aces programme based in Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre which gives adults (16+) with a learning disability access to local facilities to participate in a sport and develop a healthier lifestyle by taking part in a fun social activity. Before the tournament Matthew was nervous however grew in confidence as the tournament went on, winning his singles matches 6-2, 7-5 (after being 0-4) and 6-0 as well as two of his three doubles matches.
Head Coach at Tennis Aces, Allwyn Crawford said “Matthew gives 100% in each training session, and it has been wonderful to see him develop since he first picked up a racket just 14 months ago. What he lacks in confidence, he makes up for with determination to do as well as he can. I am hoping after this tournament, he now starts to believe in himself more, and I’m really proud of all that he has achieved in such a short space of time. I speak for everyone in the group who were rooting for him at the weekend.
Congratulations to both players.
Pictured - Matthew Copley with his medals