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Every summer the nation turns their eye to tennis, with Wimbledon taking centre stage – unless you are from Oban.
Here, it is all about the West Highland Tennis Championships, which took place at the week (June 30-July 7) at Atlantis Leisure.
The tournament caters to competitors of all ages and abilities, with local competitions, under-18s, and the championship events.
The competition boasts an international list of players, with a squad travelling from the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in Texas to compete.
The championship has been referred to as ‘one of the most welcoming’, but the weather can be a little less hospitable.
This year was no exception – in true Oban fashion, competitors experienced a variety of weather. However, unlike Wimbledon, there is not a retractable roof, so players are at the mercy of the elements.
Thankfully, the worse of the weather was confined to Friday and by Saturday and Sunday the sun was shining down on the Atlantis Leisure courts for the championship finals.
Last year’s male and female singles winners certainly welcomed another win, with Kirsty Robertson retaining the prestigious ladies championship, and Nicolas Rosenzweig taking home the silverware, winning the singles trophy for the second year on the bounce.
Tournament referee Mary MacLean said: ‘It was another successful tournament with a fairly wide range of winners. The USA squad from Texas had a finalist in the ladies singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.
‘Nick and Kirsty retained their trophies and with next year being the 50th tournament we are planning something special.’
Nicolas said: ‘After Friday’s poor weather, it was nice to have a weekend with the sun and no wind so that quality tennis could be on show.
‘I am delighted to win again and hopefully I will be back next year for the 50th. It will be a good one.’
Prizewinners: West Highland Day cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
Doubles Day: Winners: Andy Henderson and Donald Harrison; runners-up: Azra Arshad and John Strettle.
Handicap Singles: Gents: winner Kevin Keen; runner-up: Connor Dott; Ladies winner: Lucie Novoveska; runner-up: Suzie Hutchison.
Junior events: Primary School – 25 Primary aged players took part in a Challenge and Fun event. All participants received a medal. Overall winner: Ruaridh McKechnie.
Secondary School: Junior Boys winner: Euan Dowd; runner-up: Rory Dods; Senior Boys’ winner: Ross Campbell; runner-up: Adam Munro; Girls’ winner: Ellie MacInnes; runner-up: Darcey Miller.
McArthur Legal Gents Singles Winner: Nick Rosenzweig; runner-up: Jordan Gray; Gents Plate winner: Riley O’Conner; runner-up: Carrington B Mauro.
R.A. Clement Associates Ladies Singles winner: Kirsty Robertson; runner-up: Skylar Minns. T Barbour Ltd, Marine Fuel Supplies Boys’ 18 and under winner: Harry Rock; runner-up: Joshua Keen; Boys’ 18 and under Plate winner: Russell Dickson; runner-up: Andrew Wilson.
Rotary Club of Oban Girls’ 18 and under winner: Kirsty Robertson; runner-up: Lexi Penn; 18 and under girls’ Plate winner: Kristina McDermott; runner-up: Audrey Provine
Mathesons Furnishings Gents’ Doubles winners: Nick Rosenzweig and Joshua Keen; runners-up: Ronnie Terras and Ruaridh Fraser; J & A McAllister Ladies Doubles winners: Kirsty Robertson and Lucie Novoveska; runners-up: Lexi Penn and Halley Romero; Esplanade Court Mixed Doubles winners: Joshua Keen and Jenna Conroy; runners-up: Riley O’Conner and Lexi Penn.
Local events were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Oban Sportiv Fund.