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Fraser and Katie champs again Featured

Written by Bobby Kerr

Katie Fraser wFRASER FULTON successfully retained his open men’s singles title at Helensburgh Tennis Club on Saturday, but not before getting a scare in his semi-final match against David Reid.

David had set point in the opening set but hit a volley wide to give Fraser the opportunity to claw back and steal it. Fraser led 4-1 in the second set only for David to come back again.

In the end Fraser saw off the challenge to set up a final match against Kevin Stephen.

The wet and windy weather conditions did not suit either player but it was Fraser who got the vital break at 3-3. He held on the take the opening set 6-3.

Once again it was Kevin’s serve that let him down as Fraser broke him at 2-2. Despite most of the games going to deuce, Fraser managed to convert the break points and he took the second set 6-2.

Meanwhile in the ladies open singles it was a repeat of last year’s final when Katie Hope secured her 18th title at the club by beating Alison Fotheringham 2 sets to 0. Alison took Katie to deuce on a number of occasions but could not find the winning shots.

Alison and Katie then teamed up to play Ann Morison and Jo Kerr in the open ladies doubles. Ann and Jo proved too strong for them and took the match 2-0.

In the men’s open doubles David Reid and Fraser Fulton were up against vets Alastair Hope and Keith Love. The first set was very open with both couples taking and then losing the lead.

In the end David and Fraser managed to win the set 6-4. There were many long games in the next set with break points on both sides,but Alastair and Keith could not break the powerful serves of the youngsters and struggled to keep their own serve. In the end they lost it 6-1 to give the title to Fraser and David.

The open mixed doubles saw Alastair and Katie Hope play Stephen Lewis and Alison Fotheringham. In their third final of the day Alastair and Katie managed to keep their nerve to win 2-0. 

In other matches, Alastair Hope held on to his over 55’s singles title beating Keith Love 2-0, and Jackie Hunter beat Janette Howieson in the ladies over 55’s singles.

Jackie and Janette were back on court to play the over 55’s mixed doubles. Jackie teamed up with Andrew Morison and Janette with Clive Charters.

All four players struggled in the very wet conditions but Jackie and Andrew managed to beat off a very fierce challenge to win 2-0.

In the intermediate boys final Harry Fotheringham outplayed Ross Hamilton winning 6-2, 6- 2. Harry’s serve played a huge factor in his win as he won every service game without going to deuce.

Ross’s strength is his ability to get every ball back into play and wear his opponent down,but he admitted that Harry was too strong and consistent on the day.

The over 40’s and over 65’s events will be held this Saturday.

The autumn coaching block has started and there a still a few places available — contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Jo Kerr is looking to set up daytime sessions on Tuesdays and the popular Wednesday evening improvers class will be starting soon. Full details will be available at

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