The 2019 North East Blind and Visually Impaired Tennis Championships took place over the weekend of 4th and 5th May, once again confirming the event as the largest and most popular on the visually impaired tennis calendar, with the 52 players, a record for the event, delivering some of the finest tennis played by visually impaired people in the UK.
The annual event, which has been supported by The Adderstone Foundation for the last six years, welcomed blind and visually impaired tennis players from all over the country with entries having to close within 48 hours of going live due to the level of participant interest. The 52 players who were fortunate to be accepted into the tournament, competed at The Northumberland Club in Jesmond.
Whilst ranking points and titles were up for grabs, the spirit and conduct of all players was exemplary, with a very high standard of tennis shown throughout.
The players from the North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club (NEVITC) all played their part in a memorable weekend and were represented in 6 of the 11 finals, taking the winning title for 3 events within the B2, B3 and B4/5 tournaments. Samantha Murray from Seaham, who played and won in her first visually impaired tennis competition in 2018, won the ladies B4/5 singles, with Frankie Rohan winning the women’s B2 singles and Dave Deas triumphant in the Men’s B3 singles.
Adderstone Foundation’s Founder, Ian Baggett helped present trophies to the finalists. He said: “Everyone within the Adderstone Foundation continues to be repeatedly blown away by the passion, skill and dedication of the NEVITC. It is a pleasure to be involved in the club and to see how the players continue to overcome personal challenges to participate in a sport that they love.”
Following the completion of this tournament, the tour will move onto Brighton on 1st -2nd June, with 14 of the North East players making the long journey to the South Coast.
Tournament organiser and Chairman of the NEVITC, Graeme Manwell, was delighted with the quality, camaraderie and sportsmanship demonstrated at the tournament. “The strides that the game has taken and the improvements which players have made over the past few years is quite staggering. We are now proud to be putting on one of the very best tennis tournaments in the UK for visually impaired people.”
If you would like to give visually impaired tennis a go or find out more about the game, please contact NEVITC Chairman Graeme Manwell. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org