Some of the top players in Scotland descended upon the National Tennis Centre at the weekend as the inaugural Tennis Scotland Open Tour came to a close on Sunday.
It was a day to remember for the Lumsden family as both Ewen and Maia took home the titles from the final round of the competition and have been crowned the first Tennis Scotland Open Tour champions. The TS 1000 was the final round of a new initiative aimed at encouraging more players to play competitive tennis no matter their standard.
The tournament has featured over 500 players across 18 events and provided players with the opportunity to play against players of a similar standard as well as opportunities to progress and play players of a higher ranking.
TS 1000 Men’s Draw
The first round of action for the men’s competition started on the Friday night with all 32 players in action. The match of the first round was undoubtedly the tie between Jordan Gray and Joe Gill, which Gray eventually won on a 3rd set tie break 7-6, 3-6, 7-6.
The 2nd round and Quarter-finals were played on the Saturday along with the start of the women’s draw, which were played on front of a large buoyant crowd that enjoyed the array on tennis on display. Seven of the top eight seeds progressed through to the Quarter-finals with Kieran Macarty, who defeated 5th seed James Mackinlay over three sets, the other player making it through. In the Quarter-finals it was again Kieran who caused the biggest upset defeating 3rd seed Bruce Strachan over three sets to make it through to the semi-finals on the Sunday. He was joined by Ewen Lumsden who defeated 2nd seed Scott Duncan 6-2, 6-1; Nicolas Rosenzweig who had only lost 8 games throughout the competition so far; and Scott Macaulay the No.1 seed who battled past Sam Macneill 6-4, 7-5.
On the Sunday Rosenzweig knocked out top seed Macaulay in an exciting three sets to make the Final, and was joined by the in-form Lumsden who only dropped 4 games against Macarty. In the final Lumsden didn’t look like taking his foot off the gas, whereas Rosenzweig was beginning to fatigue after his three set semi-final. Lumsden proved too strong, winning the match 6-4, 6-2 in front of a sizeable crowd.
TS 1000 Women’s Draw
The women’s draw began on the Saturday morning, giving No.1 seed Maia Lumsden – fresh from her Double’s final appearance at the Aegon Pro-series in Shrewsbury – the chance to compete. Maia has been in fantatic form in recent weeks and was looking to add to her three titles in three weeks.
In Round 1 there were wins for Lumsden, Lindsey Liles, Natasha Fourouclas, Lucia Rizza, Maisie Wood, Patricia Skowronski, Emily Gates and Rebecca Pedrazzi. The top four seeded players (Lumsden, Fourouclas, Skowronski and Pedrazzi) from Stirling University then progressed through the Quarter-finals with some convincing scores. Lumsdens' superiority shone through defeating Fourouclas 6-1, 6-4 to reach the final and was joined by 3rd seed Skowronski after she defeated Pedrazzi 6-3, 6-3. Lumsden again proved her class in the final, but not without a couple of scares to take the title 6-2, 6-4.
Following the finals Ewen and Maia were presented with their medals alongside the runners-up and semi-finalists by Tennis Scotland President David Mazzucco and tournament referee Olwyn Roy. This was the first time the Lumsden’s have both won the same senior competition together and a day they will undoubtedly never forget, both walking away with the £700 top prize.
Maia commented after their victory saying “I am really happy to win the first Tennis Scotland Open Tour. It was a good match today and a good few matches over the weekend. It is also pretty cool to win the same tournament as my little brother for the first time!”
A great success from the pilot has been Francesca Blair, who played in the 1st Round of the TS 1000. Francesca won the TS 300 event at Scotstoun before reaching the final of the TS 500 at Nuffield Milgavie, and then qualified through to the TS 1000 event as a lucky loser. Francesca lost in the 1st round of the TS 1000 but the tournament has provided her the opportunity to play a broad range of players and skillsets. Well done Francesca.
Our thanks must go to the 500 competitors who entered the competition, the officials, University of Stirling for hosting the finals, all the tournament venues across Scotland, Life Fit Wellness for the physio support over the weekend and to our tournament sponsor the Ogilvie Group.
A special mention must also to Euan McGinn and Mike Cohen on their organisation of the tournament. Euan McGinn commented after the event saying “The TS Open Tour was an incredible success. It was great to see a high level of tennis being played from the first point in the TS 300 to the last in the final of the TS 1000. Congratulations to Ewen and Maia for winning the men’s and women’s titles, but the biggest vote of thanks should go to the 521 players who entered the event. Every player from the TS 300 to 1000 made a huge impact in Scottish tennis in the last two months. We had all levels and abilities playing in the one tournament, and it was great to see everyone competiting in a fun and sociable environment. I am personally excited about building from this pilot and progressing plans for the future to allow more opportunities to play.”
For full results from the TS Open Tour TS 1000 visit:
Mens TS 1000
Womens TS 1000
Pictures from the weekend can be found on the Tennis Scotland Facebook page