2019 has been a fantastic year for the Adderstone Foundation supported North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club.
The appointment of Hannah Jeffrey as the Club’s first ever level 3 Lawn Tennis Association coach has made a significant impact to the playing standards of all players who attend the weekly training sessions held in Jesmond on Sundays and Silksworth Tennis Centre, Sunderland on Thursdays.
On the back of some notable performances throughout the season, seven of the Club’s players have been selected for GB trials, with the aim of making the team for the World Championships being held in Italy in 2020.
The 2020 Blind and Visually Impaired Tennis Tour has been increased to 11 events, with the addition of competitions in Newport, Worcestershire and Gosling (Welwyn Garden City). Several players from the NEVITC competed in all events during 2019, a quite remarkable achievement.
The 2019 season ended with the National Championships in Wrexham during November. Fifteen players form the Club attended with some outstanding performance along the way. NEVITC’s Sam Murray retained her Ladies B4 title and Anthony Harrison and partner Sidney Tambin lifted the Men’s B1 doubles title (blind players) for the first time.
Steve Trewick from Sunderland, capped of a fine season by beating former world number one, Paul Ryb in the semifinal before narrowly losing a titanic encounter with current GB international Chris Blake in a final set tiebreak in the men’s B3 final.