The finalists for the TS 1000 have been decided after the TS 500 round of the Tennis Scotland Open Tour concluded at the weekend.
Around 100 competitors – which included the 21 qualifiers from the TS 300’s - were involved in action over the course of the weekend. Craiglockhart Tennis Centre, Gorbals CITC, Nuffield Milngavie and the National Tennis Centre in Stirling played host to some brilliant tennis with a number of competitive games going down to a 3rd set tie break.
The winners of the four events now qualify for the top tier of the TS Open Tour – the TS 1000 – and will be joined by some of the best talent Scotland and the rest of the UK have to offer between the 10-12 November in Stirling, for what promises to be a brilliant weekend of tennis.
In the men’s draw, 2nd seed Cameron Ritchie came out on top, beating top seed David Holmes in the final in convincing fashion 6-1, 6-0. Cameron will be joined by Lucia Rizza at the TS 1000 after she won the Women’s draw beating Maisie Wood in a very entertaining match 7-5, 6-4.
Euan McGinn, one of the TS Open Tour tournament managers has qualified for the TS 1000 after beating the 4th seed Gregor Stott in the final 6-4, 6-0. On his way to the final, Euan overcame a couple of tricky ties to defeat the top seed and 3rd seed. In the Women’s draw Emily Gates won the battle of the two ‘Emily’s’ in the final against Emily Lauder in a very close match, which was decided by a 3rd set tie break 5-7, 7-5, 10-8.
2nd Seed Scott Docherty qualified for the TS 1000 after beating the tennis Scotland staff member and TS Open Tour tournament manager Mike Cohen in a very tight 3rd set tie break with Scott coming out on top 3-6, 6-1, 10-6. Out of all the TS 300 qualifiers, Francesca Blair proved to be the most successful, reaching the final of the Women’s draw, however she lost narrowly in a 3rd set tie break to Sophie james who progresses.
Benjamin Abbott won the men’s final beating 3rd seed Felix Beech 6-4, 6-1 to reach the TS 1000 at the same venue. The semi-finals of the men’s draw was made up of the top 4 seeds. Meanwhile Jodie McLelland dominated the women’s draw with a number of dominant displays beating Zoe Eriksen 6-2, 6-0 in the final.
Congratulations to each of the winners.
Results of the TS 500 finals can be found below with the player highlighted going through to the TS 1000.
Craiglockhart Tennis Centre
- Mens - Cameron Ritchie  bt David Holmes  6-1, 6-0
- Womens – Lucia Rizza  bt Maisie Wood  7-5, 6-4
- Mens – Euan McGinn bt Gregor Stott  6-4, 6-0
- Womens – Emily Gates  bt Emily Lauder 5-7, 7-5, 10-8
- Mens – Scott Docherty  bt Mike Cohen  3-6, 6-1, 10-6
- Womens – Sophie James bt Francesca Blair [Q] 1-6, 6-4, 10-6
- Mens – Benjamin Abbott  bt Felix Beech  6-4, 6-1
- Womens – Jodie McLelland  bt Zoe Eriksen 6-2, 6-0
Full draws and results can be found on the website – Tennis Scotland Open Singles Tour